Liverpool Loses its World Heritage Status

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After a long wait, the seemingly inevitable happened: Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was removed from UNESCO’s list of sites of ‘outstanding cultural and natural heritage value’ in July 2021. Of course, there’s no shortage of opinions on whether this was unfair, ‘incomprehensible’, or whether Liverpool needed it at all. For me, it’s raised some interesting […]

Photograph John Reppion and Ramsey Campbell at Spirits of Place

Spirits of Place: Where historic landscapes collide (with folklore and fiction)

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There’s nothing like a gathering of like minds to get the keyboard fingers itching to put down a few words! And on Saturday, 2nd April, 2016, the Spirits of Place symposium held at the Calderstones Mansion was just one of those gatherings. The organiser was John Reppion, who’s written a book on 800 Years of […]

Who’d be a Scouser?

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Are you proud to be a Scouser? Are you relieved not to be a Scouser? Which is right? I’ve recently started reading Candles, Carts & Carbolic: a Liverpool childhood between the Wars by J. Callaghan, which is rapidly becoming my favourite out of the many first hand memoirs of living in Liverpool in the last […]

The Liverpool History Geek’s Gift Guide

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Whether it’s coming up to that time of the year again, or you just need a decent birthday present (for yourself maybe?), what better way to treat yourself or someone you love than to pick something from the stuff below. Of course, you could also buy something for the historian in your life, but who’s […]

Zen and the Art of Heritage Protection

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Heritage Protection is a controversial field at the best of times. There are almost as many different opinions on a given listing, say, as there are people offering said opinions. It’s difficult for the likes of English Heritage to decide what to protect and what to let go, and it’s certainly not a scientific process. […]

The Census: History and Research for Liverpool (or, Why fill in the census? A historian’s perspective)

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Censuses have been carried out in the UK every ten years since 1801 (with the exception of 1941 – the Second World War) and are therefore are amazing sources of information for family historians. Alongside other sources they can also be useful to the local historian, and it’s becoming increasingly easy to get your hands […]

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