Bridging the Gap – Liverpool’s Best Story… the one nobody told you
Thursday March 20th 2008
Pool presents Bridging the Gap. A day celebrating Liverpool’s forgotten history and folk heroes.
Everyone is welcome to be actor, observer, commentator or critic. Don’t let the history of your city go unconsidered, after all – “those who cannot learn from History are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
The people of Liverpool are all invited to take to the streets and the public buildings, in order to explore just what it is to be a citizen:
What rights and what responsibilities are conferred with that title?
Street theatre and debate collide in a day of animation as the intellectual rabble pursue answers to questions of change, social responsibility and civil disobedience.
A key action in the establishment of Liverpool as a major city (the destruction of Lord Molyneux’s bridge in 1669) is the catalyst for discussion about the role of civil disobedience, and the impetus for change and progress.
You can be part of this – you should be part of this.
Here is an ideal way to examine the present through the magnifying glass of the past.
Bridging the Gap tells the story of the knocking down of Lord Molyneux’s bridge by forgotten heroes Edward Marsh and James Whitfield.
The knocking down of this bridge is one of Liverpool’s defining moments. People reclaiming their common rights in rebellion over the development of their land against the public will. Molyneux’s subsequent surrender of the land marked the beginning of Liverpool’s development into the city we know and love today.
‘Pool Creative Director, Jean Grant, said of the occasion
“Everyone is welcome, to any or all of the events. Local businesses, shoppers and passers by, you all are invited to celebrate our history and make our future.”
Drop in to any of the events on your way to and from work in some of our most beloved public buildings or on your lunch hour at the site of the original bridge, the crossroads of Church Street, Whitechapel and Lord Street, named after Lord Molyneux himself.
Bridging the Gap
* Liverpool Town Hall. 8.30-9.30am
Whose Land is it anyway?
Common rights. Tell us who owns the land we live and work on.
* Church Street/Lord Street Crossroads. 1.15-1.45pm
Knocking down Lord Molyneux’s Bridge
17th Century Liverpool Citizens invade the street in rebellion over property development against the people’s will.
* Liverpool Town Hall. 5.15pm
Bridging the Gap Fills in the Blanks
Learn the story and join us on a recap tour.
* St George’s Hall. 5.45pm onwards
You Decide who wins; celebrate the day in our finest public Hall.