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									          Liverpool Cultural Heritage Forum
                                         Rob Ainsworth, Editor
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NEWSLETTER No 33                                                         1st November 2011
                                     LCHF Forthcoming AGM
The Liverpool Cultural Heritage Forum will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the Corinthia
Suite, Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street (behind Lime Street Station) on the 10th November 2011 at 5:50
for 6:00pm.

LCHF membership subscriptions (due 30th September) can now be paid safely on-line via the forum’s
website using either a Paypal account, credit or debit cards using Paypal (an
Ebay company) or by post to 98 Elm Vale, Fairfield, Liverpool. L6 8NZ (cheques payable to
LCHForum). Please consider joining, the LCHF membership is only £5 for individual and £10 per
group or Society per annum. You can also join at our AGM at the Liner Hotel next month.

From November, non-paid LCHF contacts will only receive the forum’s newsletter quarterly,
and subsequently a monthly summary of newsletter articles and an events listing. Paid-up
members will continue to receive a monthly newsletter and priority to forthcoming LCHF
events. Groups and societies who are members will be able to publicise their events etc in the LCHF
newsletter and on the forum website.

Heritage Lottery Fund refused to fund historic Mersey tug Daniel Adamson
A Merseyside ship restoration project had its £2.8m lottery bid rejected. Heritage Lottery Fund
trustees in London threw out the application by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) for
restoration of the UK’s last steam-powered tug tender, in spite of a two-year £74,372 grant-aided
development process guided by its Heritage Lottery Fund North West officers.

DAPS submitted 1,165 pages of documents to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) trustees as advised,
but HLF said it was unable to support the project to bring the 1903 Birkenhead-built ship to full public
operational use as it was “not fully developed”. Earlier this year HLF donations totalled £23m to help
restore the burned-out static tea clipper Cutty Sark at Greenwich, London.

National Historic Ships Register previously hailed the project as “one of the most important in the UK.”
While this HLF decision is seen as a bitter blow to the restoration, begun in 2004, DAPS resolved to
persevere in returning the Daniel Adamson to service as planned. The DAPS match-funding ‘Full
Steam Ahead’ campaign to raise £100,000 already stands at £85,000. This includes a £15,000
donation by Peel Ports Mersey and a £20,000 donation from The Garfield Weston Foundation. If
there is any justice, the HLF will look again at its decision. The LCHF has always supported the
project and is deeply disappointed that funding from the HLF has been refused considering the
number of Merseysiders that regularly play the National Lottery. Dan Cross, DAPS chairman, said:
“While deeply disappointed, this is only a temporary set-back and I remain confident HLF’s support will
eventually be forthcoming.”

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Dean of Liverpool Justin Welby
The departing Dean of Liverpool left the city to take up one of the most senior roles in the Church of
England. The Very Reverend Justin Welby will be officially installed as the new Bishop of Durham in
November, after nearly four years as Dean at the Anglican cathedral. A farewell service for the Dean
took place at the cathedral during which he preached his final sermon.

The new appointment makes him the fourth most important person in the church hierarchy, after the
Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the Bishop of London. As bishop of one of the country’s
oldest dioceses, Mr Welby will automatically have a seat in the House of Lords and will also perform a
number of ceremonial roles – such as escorting the new sovereign at the coronation. As Dean, his
responsibilities included running the cathedral, working alongside the Bishop of Liverpool, and having
a large-scale civic role. Mr Welby said the highlights of his four years in the city included Capital of
Culture year, and abseiling off the west end of the cathedral in support of the children’s charity
Liverpool Unites. Canon Myles Davies has been appointed Acting Dean of the Cathedral while a
permanent replacement is found.

New Wirral War Memorial
Veterans, families of soldiers and VIPs recently turned out for the dedication service to mark a new
war memorial on the Wirral. The memorial commemorates servicemen and women who have been
awarded the Victoria or George Cross, the 1100 local people killed in action during World War II and
those who have fallen in other conflicts since. It is part of the council’s efforts to make the Cenotaph
at Hamilton Square the focal point of remembrance for members of the Armed Forces who have
previously not been named on any other memorial.

New Liverpool Museum of Litigation
National Museums Liverpool is now embroiled in legal action with both sets of architects that worked
on the new £72m Museum of Liverpool. NML has issued proceedings against architects AEW after a
row over work carried on the external steps of the new building at the Pier Head. NML were also suing
the Danish architects 3XN which were sacked from the project in 2007. Legal wrangles have already
seen NML pay out £1.25m.

The latest legal dispute centres around work done to the outside steps of the new museum. NML are
arguing that the work was undertaken without their consent, and not to the organisation’s liking and
must be re-done. In July 200 NML were forced to pay AEW £500,000 over the disputed steps –
because contractors Peel Galliford Try (PGT) had carried out the work they were entitled to be paid.
Now NML is seeking to claim that money back. It is the latest bout of legal action in a building project
that has been marred with problems. In February last year, NML paid a Liverpool developer £750,000
because the new museum interrupted protected waterfront views. It had to pay Downing the cash
because it owns the Port of Liverpool Building, which benefits from restricted covenants dictating how
high neighbouring buildings can be built. NML chose to accept Downing’s demand so it could press
ahead with the development.

Despite the problems, bosses have been delighted with the popularity of the museum. (It will be nice,
however, to eventually see some Liverpool history related artefacts put on display instead of the
current blizzard of blank white walls and the selection of photographs, to show Liverpool does have a
history - Ed.)

Cunard Building could be converted into a luxury hotel
The plan is one of several being considered by its owner, the Merseyside Pension Fund, as part of a
review of its property portfolio. Several tenants – the most recent being business funding organisation
Merseyside Special Investment Fund – have relocated, leaving vacant space across a number of
floors which could support a successful conversion. According to the website of building manager
CBRE, whose Castle Street offices are responsible for the Cunard Building, there is currently 30,543
sq ft of vacant space across the world-famous site. Merseyside Pension Fund purchased the property
in November, 2001.

The building dates back to 1914 and was built by the then Liverpool-based Cunard shipping line.
Cunard relocated its UK headquarters to Southampton in the 1960s, and since then the Grade II-listed
site has been home to a variety of businesses and government agencies, including the Government
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Office North West, which has been scaled back. But if the fund decides to press ahead with a hotel
option, the scheme could be linked to the nearby cruise liner terminal as the former Cunard Line
booking hall and first-class waiting rooms used by passengers prior to their trans-Atlantic journeys are
still a feature of the building. Liverpool City Council is bidding for permission to enable cruise operators
to start and finish voyages from the river berth, instead of currently using it for mid-cruise stops. Given
the building’s rich maritime history, it would be an ideal location for the increased facilities that would
be required to service embarkation for large cruise liners.

Ferenc [Franz] Liszt
On Saturday 22 October, a plaque commemorating the bi-centenary of the birth of Ferenc [Franz]
Liszt and his concert performance at the former Theatre Royal, Williamson Square on 1st December
1840 was unveiled by the Hungarian Consul Dr Andrew Zsigmond. The plaque is sited at the
Playhouse, currently celebrating its centenary. The Lord Mayor, Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff also
attended with 45 others. The plaque, a 32cm x 4mm disc showing Liszt's portrait and appropriate
wording, is made of photo mechanically-etched zinc and was designed by Fred O'Brien of Northern
Design Unit.

UK war memorials
A move by Brussels to mark UK war memorials with a "European Heritage Label" has been attacked
as "propaganda”. Euro MPs have approved plans for a European Heritage Label for sites with "a
symbolic European value that have played a key role in the history and/or the building of EU'. The
plaques aim "to strengthen European citizens sense of belonging to the EU".

Wirral UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall accused the EU of trying to distort history. He said Commission officials
confirmed the "heritage labels" will be used on war memorial sites, despite the fact that Brussels-
based EU institutions do not mark the Belgian bank holiday of Armistice Day on November 11 to avoid
offending German sensibilities.

Tranmere Rovers plans to build on memorial playing fields
The Wilfred Owen Society described Tranmere Rovers plans to build on a field regarded as a
memorial to men who died in World War One as “ill-considered”. Rovers want to use their
Ingleborough Fields training ground for housing and develop Woodchurch leisure centre as a team
and community facility. The society fears Tranmere Rovers FC’s proposals could act as a precedent
for future planning applications relating to war memorials elsewhere. Tranmere acquired the
Ingleborough Road site, formerly Birkenhead Institute’s school playing field, in 1994. It is home to a
plaque in memory of the 88 old boys killed from 1914-18 and trees planted in memory of each one.

Godfather of Pop Art
Sir Peter Blake was named the first patron of the Walker Art Gallery’s John Moores Painting Prize.
Founded in 1957 by Littlewoods founder Sir John Moores, the competition is held biannually with a
first prize of £25,000. Blake, known as the “Godfather of Pop Art”, took on the championing role in the
UK’s biggest painting competition 50 years after winning its now defunct junior section with the work,
‘Self Portrait with Badges’. Blake, who is famous for designing the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album,
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band said: “You won’t see a show like the John Moores Painting
Prize anywhere else.

Born in Kent, Blake was one of the leading figures in the development of British Pop Art, incorporating
imagery from modern culture into his work, including comic books, consumer goods and
advertisements. He received a knighthood for services to arts in 2002 and remains one of the most
significant and influential painters in the UK. To mark his patronage, The Walker is showing a series of
his silkscreen prints entitled ‘An Alphabet’ until December 4.

Toxteth Park Cemetery
James Dunwoody Bulloch was the Confederate States of America's chief foreign agent in Great Britain
during the American Civil War. He was also the brother of Irvine Bulloch and uncle of future U.S.
President Theodore Roosevelt. He has been called the American's first ever secret service agent. In
1861, he offered to assist the Confederate States of America by travelling to Liverpool to arrange the
Confederacy's foreign affairs in England. Like many since, he ended up in Liverpool for the rest of his
life and is buried in Toxteth Cemetery. Toxteth Park Cemetery, now Grade II listed, was the first
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municipal cemetery in Liverpool, having opened in 1856. It is the resting place of John Hulley, the man
who inspired the Olympic movement in this country, and John Jackson, a noted Victorian cricketer.

Historic Villages of Liverpool Initiative
The history of Liverpool has many stories to tell and none more so than the old and ancient
settlements that exist on both sides of the river. Liverpool justifiably has “World Heritage” status but
how many tourists to the city clamour to visit the old manor court in West Derby or take in the charm of
Woolton village ?

   •   How many people who live in these villages know what exists on their doorstep?
   •   How do we engage with the younger generation to ensure they become the next custodians of
       our heritage?

This initiative seeks to embrace our heritage; a chance for the history societies, special interest groups
and proud members of local communities to stand up and be counted.

A seminar in February 2012 will start the Historic Villages of Liverpool Initiative with a networking
event and where members of groups and societies can discuss ideas to raise the heritage profile of
the city. The agenda will be sent out very soon. But now is the time to add this Initiative to your
committees agendas so you can bring your ideas to the meeting. The aim is to connect, support and
champion our villages!

If you are involved with or know of a local history or heritage group or society that would like to attend
the Historic Villages of Liverpool event in early 2012 please contact the LCHF at the email address
found at the top of this newsletter.

Committee set up to save Liverpool World Heritage Site status ahead of Unesco visit
A committee has been set up to persuade Unesco officials not to strip Liverpool of its World Heritage
Site status. The committee is being run by Liverpool University’s Prof Ian Wray, who is the former
head of planning at the North West Development Agency.

The group, which has representatives from Peel Holdings and Liverpool council, is currently drawing
up an itinerary for the visit of the Unesco “monitoring mission” being sent to assess the city’s world
heritage status. The visit has been delayed by a month and is now pencilled in for mid-November.
Unesco is concerned about the impact of Peel Holdings’ £5.5bn Liverpool Waters skyscraper scheme.

It has warned that the city could lose its world heritage status if the project is given planning
permission. The monitoring mission will report back to the next annual meeting of Unesco’s
committee, due to be held next summer. Liverpool has delayed making a decision on Peel’s planning
application until after the visit from the Unesco inspectors.

A room celebrating Liverpool opens at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China.
The Liverpool room will give visitors, students and staff the opportunity to learn more about the city
and recognises its strong links with Liverpool University’s Shanghai campus. Items on display include
memorabilia from Everton and Liverpool and a copy of Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape. The room
was opened by Cllr Nick Small and Liverpool Vision deputy chief executive Mike Taylor.

Rob Ainsworth

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The Liverpool Cultural Heritage Forum will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the Corinthia
Suite, Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street (behind Lime Street Station) on the 10th November 2011 at 5:50
for 6:00pm .

Wirral Society

The Liverpool Geological Society
 Lecture by Dr Laurance Donnelly on 'Forensic Geoscience'. Tue 1st November 2011 @ 7:30 pm -
Please meet in the Tower Cafe @ 6:45 Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3
The Waterloo Flea Market Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo, L22 1RF
Dates: Saturday 5th November; 3rd December. Times open: 9.30am to 1pm. Cost of entry: 30
pence. An all-indoor market with up to 80 stalls selling a variety of products.
Contact: Larry Goodband. Mobile: 07855748586 or Marie Curtis Tel: 0151 933 0132.

The Waterloo Farmers Market and Food Fayre. Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo,
Dates; 11th November; 9th December. Times open: 10.30am to 3pm. Cost of entry: Free. An all-
indoor market with stalls selling a variety of products from farms and other traders located in
Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Wales and elsewhere.
Contact : Kevin Murray Tel: 0151 649 0401 to book a stall.
Other information John Bramham; Tel 0151 924 5738 e-mail:

Pride in Liverpool is going to present an event in January 2012
The event will:
• Celebrate Liverpool – past, present and future
• Be created by input given freely by the people, services and businesses of our city as part of the
Liverpool Plan
• Be open to all
This event is about taking Liverpudlians on a journey that will reconfirm their pride in the city, boost
confidence and encourage high ambition for them and their families. We want people to go away
energised and with a positive attitude about their potential future. Would you be interested in being
involved? Do you want to know more? If you do, please e-mail – for the
proposal details.

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Dante Alighieri Society in Liverpool Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011 Mrs Diana Lane,
Committee member, will lead a discussion on “Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Giuseppe Tomasi di
Lampedusa” (copies are available in English and/or Italian in paperback)

Friends of Williamson's Tunnels Mon. 7th November 2011 Progress on the Museum of
Liverpool Life with Ms. Helen Robinson, National Museums Liverpool

Mon. 5th December 2011 Festive meeting with wine and mince pies.

Lancashire Day.
27th November, commemorates the date in 1295 when the first elected representatives from
Lancashire were summoned to Westminster by King Edward I to join what became known as the
Model Parliament. The representatives for Liverpool were:- Adam fil´ Ricardi and Robertus Pynklowe.
People are asked to wear the Red Rose of Lancashire on the day and to join in drinking the Loyal
Toast to "The Queen, Duke of Lancaster". Visit for more information.
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