Today at the Liverpool Beatles Museum we’re celebrating John Lennon’s 82nd birthday!

At the museum we tell the story of the Beatles through items from the boys’ lives, and we thought today would be a good day to take a closer look at some of the best John items we currently have on display in the museum.

John Lennon’s ‘How I Won the War’ costume

In 1966 the boys took time to explore other projects, and John took up the chance to star in Richard Lester’s new project, a dark comedy about the Second World War. John starred as Private Gripweed, a supporting role that allowed him to explore life without the Beatles for the first time.

Despite this, John still spent time working on music for the Beatles, writing the lyrics to the iconic Strawberry Fields Forever between takes.

John’s famous glasses, circa 1967

These glasses were owned and worn by John Lennon from raound 1967 onward.

John had worn glasses as part of his costume during his time playing Private Gripweed in ‘How I Won the War’, which he had filmed in 1966. John found that the glasses suited him, and so he decided to wear his own glasses full time, something which he’d been avoiding during the Beatlemania years.

Once John began to wear the round style of glasses the look became iconic and is still today a fashion trend influenced by John.

John Lennon’s Sgt Pepper Medals

A number of medals were borrowed from Mona Best and taken to London for the Sgt Pepper photo shoot.

These medals were worn by John Lennon during the cover shoot for Sgt Pepper, and can even be seen in some of the outtakes from the sessions!

Happy Birthday John, we’re proud to display your items here at the museum, especially on occasions like today!