This September sees the launch of Liverpool Heritage Open Month; an exciting month long programme
of new and unique events, tours, building openings and activities celebrating the rich cultural heritage of
Building on the success of Heritage Open Days, which celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture
by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission,
Liverpool is extending its cultural heritage programme throughout the month of September in a joint
initiative between Liverpool City Council and VisitLiverpool .
Outside of London, Liverpool already has the largest Heritage Open Days programme in the country. The
programme is now being extended to provide even more opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy and
learn about the city’s magnificent heritage.
70 venues and organisations across the city are involved in this year’s programme and throughout
September buildings of every age, style and function will throw their doors open and offer a once-a-year
chance to discover hidden architectural treasures, enjoy a wide range of tours, and participate in events
and activities which bring local history and culture alive for everyone.
Enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of the recently renovated Picton Reading Rooms at Central library ahead of
the official building opening next year, experience spectacular and spooky street theatre offering historical
tales of two cities and shivers in the Georgian Quarter, try the maritime folk ship show cabaret on Liverpool’s
last manned Lightship, take an exclusive tour of the hidden crypt at St Luke’s bombed out church or venture
on the unique Heritage Poetry Trail created especially for Heritage Open Month involving local writers and
some of the most significant historical properties in Liverpool. You can even hop on a 1950’s bus to travel
across the city to your next historical experience!
There is something to delight everyone during Heritage Open Month with new ways to experience the
heritage of Liverpool for all the family. Further highlights include a free concert from ‘West Everton Super
Strings’ youth orchestra from In Harmony Liverpool at the magnificent concert room at St George’s Hall,
a special theatrical Kitty Wilkinson tour preview at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, fascinating architectural
walking tours with RIBA, tours of the World Heritage Site North Docks and a peek at the amazing interior of
Martins Bank Building. If you feel like discovering the city at your own pace you can also enjoy the new self-
guided Toxteth Heritage Tour taking in some of the oldest and most architecturally significant buildings and
locations bordering the south of the city across the middle of the former royal hunting park of Toxteth.
For night owls there are a host of evening events throughout the month to choose from including a wide
variety of talks, tours and performances.
Join us in celebrating Liverpool’s outstanding universal value as a World Heritage Site and use this
programme to help you plan your visit and explore the city.
Heritage Open Days are managed nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and funded
by English Heritage. Liverpool Heritage Open Month incorporating Heritage Open Days is a joint initiative
between Liverpool City Council and Visit Liverpool. However, Heritage Open Month could never happen
without the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. Across England thousands of volunteers will open
their properties, organise activities and events and share their knowledge. To everyone in Liverpool who has
contributed to the fantastic 2012 Heritage Open Month programme we would like to say a big ‘thank you’.
The information contained in this booklet was correct at the time of print but may be subject to change.
Further events may have also been added to the programme. Full details of the Heritage Open Month
programme and up to date information can be viewed on VisitLiverpool.com/heritageopenmonth or call
0151 233 2008. For the national Heritage Open Days programme please go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk
or call 0207 553 9290.