Come and explore the buildings at the oldest working passenger railway station in the world!
As part of Heritage open days, arts organisation Metal will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 14 September, 11.00 – 16.00.
Built in 1836, Edge Hill Station is the oldest working passenger railway station in the world and it currently houses the arts organisation Metal. For Heritage Open Day they will be opening their doors to the public and hosting tours of the station buildings. Interestingly, the spaces were originally used for machinery that would power steam trains up the incline from Lime Street. Since the decline of steam, however, the spaces became unused and remained that way for over 40 years, until 2008 when Metal began renovating them. Now they have become a creative and cultural hub at the heart of some of Liverpool’s most dynamic communities and in a space representing some of its most interesting heritage.
Do not miss the opportunity to further explore the Edge Hill Archive (www.edgehillstation.co.uk) to learn more about the railway and its pioneers, the landmarks and landscapes surrounding the station and its impact on the social life and the communities.
Furthermore as a special feature of the day they will unveil a new community garden gate, which was especially designed by local schoolchildren as a memorial project to the Blitz attack of November 1940 on Durning Road, the largest loss of life in Liverpool during the Blitz. The Metal community garden at Edge Hill station is a lovely place amongst the train platforms where you can spend a few peaceful hours gardening by yourself, or with a group of other dedicated volunteers, who will be there to meet people during the Heritage Open Day.
Families are most welcome to attend, there will be creative activities outdoors and indoors for children to take part in. Visual artist in residence Anna Mulhearn (winner of the Liverpool Art Prize studio award), who primarily works with video to explore historical events and archival material, will do a workshop that will invite people to animate part of a train ride from Edge Hill to Manchester.
Do not miss the chance to also visit Metal’s new library space, where there are lots of arts and heritage related materials that Metal have collected over the years, as well as chance to swap one of your own books as part of a ‘book swap’ initiative.
Attendance to all activities is FREE and to make it all a bit sweeter there will be some tea and cakes!