Heritage Open Days – Special Liverpool Extension

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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.



  1. the ‘full listings’ at liverpool08.com don’t cover anything like that 250 venues. And they’re only available as a pdf. It’s becoming a bit of a trend with them actually, hope all the potential visitors next year like pdfs.

  2. Yes, I was thinking the same myself. PDFs ar ok sometimes but not every time.
    Its just lazy.
    There were lots of great plans for the 08 website – multimedia, rich content, interactivity, blogs etc.
    It ain’t happenin. But when money is short its usually the web presence that suffers first.

  3. Yes! I’m glad other people think this too.


    “A practical guide to developing and managing websites”

    Yes you can specially request a text only version but what you’re given is three full colour pdfs of a print layout.

    It sometimes seems that while we get pieties about engaging with technology from the Arts this habit of the culture industry seems to betray a profoundly analogue mentality.

    Chasing a StarTrek dream of teleporting objects rather than real information technology perhaps.


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