The Origins of the Collection
A lifetime of stories: Neil Aspinall, Pete Best and the origin of the collection
The extensive and personal collection that can be found in the museum is the work of Roag Aspinall-Best, who has brought it together through his close family ties to the Beatles, while he has also been a collector in his own right for over thirty years.
Roag’s father was Neil Aspinall, road manager and confidante to the Beatles and later the head of Apple Corps, spearheading such Beatle ventures as Beatles 1, Let It Be Naked, The Anthology and the Cirque du Soleil production ‘Love’. Neil’s close relationship with the Beatles saw him follow them from school days and local gigs in Liverpool to worldwide fame, at one point standing in for an unwell George Harrison during Ed Sullivan Show rehearsals, and this unique connection is reflected in the personal and one of a kind items that can be found in the museum. The Beatles counted Neil as their close friend and he was trusted by them implicitly. Neil was surrounded by The Beatles and so, throughout his life, was Roag.