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20 / 21January 2009
Lumière Brothers’ film showcased to public at FACT
MEMBERS of the
public are invited to attend a free lecture and screening showcasing
new findings on the famous
Lumière Brothers’ Liverpool Overhead Railway films, as part of
the public programme for the new Museum of Liverpool, due to open in
The screening will take place at
FACT (Foundation for Art and
Creative Technology) on Friday, 29 January 2010 from 1pm to 4pm,
featuring highlights of the film shot by Alexandre Promio in 1897,
introduced by Dr Richard Koeck from the University of Liverpool.
Dr Koeck will share insights into his research and ongoing
production of the film animations that will contextualise and
reference the original Lumière archive footage with historical maps
of the time, and retrace the precise route of the films.
Sharon Brown, curator of land transport and industry for National
Museums Liverpool will also provide an insight into the history of
the Liverpool Overhead Railway itself.
Sharon said:- “An original Liverpool Overhead Railway motor
coach will be a key feature in the new Museum of Liverpool’s
Overhead Railway gallery. It will be displayed in an elevated
position as part of a re-construction of Pier Head station. Dr
Koeck’s completed work on the Lumière archive footage will also be
shown in the gallery, allowing visitors to get a real taste of what
it was like to travel on the world’s first elevated electrified
railway line, and what they would have been able to see in 1897 four
years after it first opened.”
When the Liverpool Overhead Railway opened in 1893, it ran the
length of the Liverpool docks, which was around seven and a half
miles. It was built to ease congestion along the docks but also
served as a tourist attraction as it provided amazing views, both of
the docks themselves and the shipping and transatlantic liners on
the River Mersey.
The only surviving motor coach was presented to National Museums
Liverpool after the Liverpool Overhead Railway closed in
1956, and is currently being conserved before being moved to the
Liverpool Overhead Railway gallery in the new Museum of Liverpool.
The Port City gallery within the Museum of Liverpool will tell the
wider story of how Liverpool transformed itself from a small tidal
inlet to one of the world’s great ports, and discover the innovation
which led to the city’s boom during the Industrial Revolution.
Liverpool led the world in developing early canals, the first
timetabled passenger railway, new dock technologies and the
Liverpool Overhead Railway – the world’s first elevated electrified
This project has been enabled by Northwest Vision and Media and the
UK film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund supported by the
Museum of Liverpool
► Currently under construction at the
Pier Head, the Museum of Liverpool is the new national museum for
the people of Liverpool
► The museum will provide 8,000 square metres of public space across
three floors, and visitors will have access to over 6,000 objects
that are currently in store, many of which have never been on public
► The galleries in the museum will focus on four main themes: Port
City, Creative City, People’s City and Global City.
► As a major boost to the Liverpool economy, it is estimated the
Museum of Liverpool will attract more than 750,000 visitors per
year, provide at least 500 construction jobs and 73 direct permanent
To find out more:- A display about the museum is open at Piermaster’s
House, Albert Dock. It features a model of the museum and
information about the museum’s galleries and the objects and stories
on display. It is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm and entry is free.
For more information please visit:-
Give Seas A Chance!
Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has launched
Living Seas, its vision for the UK’s marine environment – where
wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the coastal
shallows; where rocky reefs are bursting with brightly coloured
fish, corals and sponges, and dolphins and seals dart among the
waves – at an event in the House of Commons.
The launch follows the passing, in November, of the Marine and
Coastal Access Act (MCAA), for which The Wildlife Trusts campaigned
for nearly a decade. The challenge for the next five years is to
ensure the Act is effectively implemented – that urgent action is
taken to turn the UK’s over-fished, over-exploited, and currently
under-protected waters back into a thriving marine environment. The
Wildlife Trusts have a clear vision for how this should happen, and
a plan for achieving it within 20 years, a single generation.
The Wildlife Trusts are achieving great things across the UK,
working at the local level to understand, protect and raise
awareness of our marine wildlife and habitats, from seagrass meadows
to dolphins and seals. The North West England Trusts
are working together the highlight and protect the fabulous
diversity of life in the Irish Sea, from sea mice to basking sharks
and will host an array of events to celebrate the Irish Sea during
Marine Week (31st July – 16th August). We are working to ensure that
the unique habitats and species of the Irish Sea get the protection
they deserve during the implementation of the ground-breaking Marine
and Coastal Access Act 2009.
In a few places in the UK, there are even possible signs of our seas
recovering, for example, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has recorded an
increase in seal numbers at Donna Nook each year since 2007, and
there are early signs of recovery in the fragile ecosystem of the
Lyme Bay reefs, where The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign achieved a ban
on scallop-dredging in 2008. Professor Aubrey Manning, BBC
television presenter and president of The Wildlife Trusts, launched
the Living Seas vision.
Manning said:- “The Living Seas vision is very direct in its
aims. It sets out a clear plan of how we, The Wildlife Trusts, and
our partners and supporters, can help achieve them. The
opportunities that the Marine and Coastal Access Act has opened up
need to be seized on immediately. We can no longer continue to treat
the oceans as limitless. In particular, we need an effective and
well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas by 2012. We may not
get another opportunity to make Living Seas a reality. The future of
our oceans hangs in the balance, and we want to tip it in the right
direction for wildlife, and for the people – all of us – who depend
Anne Selby, Chief Executive of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, said:-
“The Living Seas vision is crucial for an area with as much
coastline as our Trust covers. The Irish Sea has a rich diversity of
marine life that needs to be protected, and we must continue to
build on last year’s success with the Marine and Coastal Access Act.
These are exciting times, but only if we make the most of the
opportunities we have, and this vision is a big step towards that.”
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