Hidden treasures revealed
LIVERPOOL is marking its 800th birthday with a special month-long Heritage Open Days programme.
The city has launched a national pilot which will extend the event beyond its usual 4-day run. Between August 30 and September 30, over 250 of Merseyside’s most famous sites will open their doors to the public – ranging from The Athenaeum to Anfield Cemetery. There will also be a full programme of associated events, including tours, walks and family activities.
Heritage Open Days offers free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. It is co-ordinated nationally by the Civic Trust with support from English Heritage and an army of 30,000 volunteers.
The Merseyside programme is organised by the Liverpool Culture Company, all Merseyside boroughs and the Civic Trust.
Full listings for Heritage Open Days events are available at www.liverpool08.com.
During the month Liverpool will also host a major local history fair and conference. The Big History Show takes place at St George’s Hall between September 14 and 16.