EXHIBITION 7 APRIL 2014
WHAT lies behind the closed doors of Liverpool's
empty buildings? What stories and memories do these fantastic
buildings hold? How long have they lain empty and why?
This Easter Hidden Liverpool, a year long programme funded by the
Heritage Lottery Fund delivered by Liverpool based social enterprise
PLACED, will launch its' second exhibition; People's History
Exhibition at Liverpool Albert Dock. The interactive exhibition will
feature some of the memories, stories and images people have shared
over the last six months, bringing to life some of Liverpool's
public buildings which now stand empty.
The exhibition opens its doors on Saturday 19 April to kick off the
Easter weekend and is open daily until 29 April. The exhibition
comprises images, memorabilia and interviews of fascinating, funny
and touching stories gathered by the Hidden Liverpool team. Stories
include romantic tales of people meeting their husband in the State
Ballroom, witnessing landmark events from the roof of the Cunard
Building and taking afternoon tea upstairs in the Forum Cinema.
Local campaigns working to resurrect some of the cities empty public
buildings also feature, including Save the Futurist Cinema in Lime
Street, the Jewel on the Hill project with Everton Library and Save
Woolton Pool where John Lennon learnt to swim!
Throughout the 11 day exhibition visitors will be invited to share
their own memories and stories as well as hearing those of others.
A number of free events are also running during the exhibition. An
evening event with a panel featuring Joe Anderson will discuss the
value of our empty buildings in "Our empty buildings; why not
knock them down?"
There will be a focus on the Lime Street area in a free design
workshop. People will be invited to share their ideas for the key
gateway into the City which has long lost its' grandeur of days gone
by. People will be invited to look at how they would improve the
street and make it an area the City could be proud of as part of a
hands on creative workshop.
Photographers have the opportunity to take part in a workshop and
attend an evening talk with Andrew Brookes, who will be sharing tips
for photographing the empty and hidden parts of the City.
Other events include 2 fun drop-in workshops, where families can
get involved by coming up with new designs for some of our empty
buildings. Hidden Liverpool walking tours that share some of the
stories in the exhibition will also be launched during the
The People's History Exhibition runs from Saturday, 19 April 2014
until Tuesday, 29 Apri 2014, so it will beopen daily, taking over a
vacant retail unit at the Albert Dock (C7 next door to Natures
Treasure). Check Hidden Liverpool events page for up to date details
of the exhibition and events programme.
Booking is essential for many of
the events and can be made through visiting the news and events
pages on the Hidden Liverpool
A CHARITY helping police
reduce crime and anti social behaviour has been praised by
Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Clive Grunshaw visited the mobile Club2Go bus when it parked up in
Crosslands Park, Hawes Side, Blackpool, this lunchtime (MONDAY), and
was impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved
with the project.
The initiative, run by Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs, aims to
tackle problems in neighbourhoods by putting on structured
activities for hard to reach children and teenagers, and works with
local police officers and police community support officers to
reduce trouble in targeted areas.
The Commissioner watched youngsters playing football under the
supervision of FA coaches on the first day of their Easter holidays,
and said:- "Partnership work is vital of we are to reduce
anti-social behaviour and make our neighbourhoods better places to
live for everyone.
The young people Club 2 Go reaches out to often have nowhere else to
go, so the service really is a lifeline.
I was pleased to hear on my visit how closely the staff are working
with the local police and PCSOs in the areas they visit, and the
positive impact the bus has on levels of crime and disorder. It was
clear to see the difference this type of initiative is making to
people in the communities it visits." The mobile bus relies on grant funding, and will be visiting various
locations across Blackpool over the Easter holidays. You can find
more information on the Club2Go Facebook page.
Runcorn celebrates 50th birthday
ON the River Mersey to the South East of
Liverpool, the Town of Runcorn is celebrating it's 50th birthday
this year. Officially it's was set up as a New Town on 10 April 1964,
that was designated by government with the primary purpose of
providing housing and employment for people from Liverpool and
Merseyside. Runcorn and the surrounding area was initially expected
to accommodate approximately 30,000 people who where migrating,
mainly due to post-war 'slum' clearance within Liverpool. The then
Runcorn New Town was largely the vision of a single man, an
Architect and Town Planner, called Arthur Ling. Today, over 45,000
residents currently live within Halton Borough, that includes
Runcorn and Widnes. Historically the area is important as a crossing
point, but became even more important when London and North Western
Railway (LNWR) built one of it's major railway bridges, the Runcorn
Bridge, also known as the
Ethelfleda Bridge or the Britannia Bridge, that was opened in 1868
and is still in use today. Over April and May to mark the
anniversary the Town will be hosting many events, to allow its
residents, both young and old to share their memories and to look at
its future. other events are also planned and a program can be seen
via on the pdf you can download by clicking on
here. For the latest information visit:-