Liverpool Discovers – A New Winter’s Trail


Liverpool set to discover its greatest stories never told

What do the original red telephone box, a Wimbledon champion, a goal net and an x-ray machine have in common? It may sound like cryptic crossword clue, but believe it or not, all four can call Liverpool home (five if you include the very first crossword). And that’s just the beginning…

With a wealth of triumphs, discoveries and innovations, the City of Liverpool has decided to blow its own trumpet and embark on a landmark public art event to uncover and document the wealth of internationally significant, yet lesser-known facts about its incredible history, driven and informed by the people who know it best.

Liverpool Discovers, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, will see the city reveal its greatest stories never told, before a Winter’s Trail of fun and informative art installations created by exceptional artists and a brand-new Liverpool map link together the city’s points of international interest in early 2011.

Liverpool’s natural and humorous storytellers are being asked to unlock this treasure trove of hidden secrets by telling the world what they know via the Liverpool Discovers leaflet, available online at and from various city centre outlets and cultural buildings (listed below). Once received, the facts will be verified by a panel of historians, with the most interesting stories inspiring the installations and map.  A fleet of 8 customised pedal -powered ‘Artmobiles’ will also take visitors around selected parts of the trail.

The 10 categories included for consultation are: Arts and Entertainment, Health, Science and Technology, Sports, Trade and Commerce, Architecture and Open Spaces, Transport, Maritime, Social Justice/Radicals and Music.  The consultation will run from 16th August until 20th September . The online form is available now at, with printed leaflets ready and in the outlets named below by Friday 20 August.

The award-winning Wild in Art have been commissioned to bring the region to life once again this winter and have devised this innovative and exciting event as the key part of the seasons programme of cultural events, entitled  A Winter’s Trail. They are working in partnership with Liverpool Lantern Company on the artistic programme and Open Culture on the consultation programme, with further collaboration planned with the city’s cultural sector to form part of Liverpool’s impressive cultural offer.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “We’re incredibly excited about Liverpool Discovers. This is Liverpool people’s chance to shout about what they find most interesting and what makes them proud about their city. We want people to have a lot of fun with us by sharing their stories, as well as enjoying the trail early next year.”

Councillor Wendy Simon, the city’s cabinet member for Culture and Tourism, said: “I can’t wait to hear and read some of the entries. Liverpool is a city packed with so many wonderful people and fantastic storytellers  that every day I hear something amazing that I hadn’t heard before. This project is an opportunity to share stories, uncover new tales and find out more facts about what makes Liverpool the wonderful place it is. I can’t wait to discover even more about our city.”

The event will also be generously supported by the Liverpool ECHO, BBC Radio Merseyside and  Merseytravel, with further partnerships to be announced soon.

Online form available at

Paper form available from :World Museum Liverpool ,Merseyside Maritime Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, FACT, The Bluecoat,  Liverpool Anglican Cathedral,  Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 08 Place, Albert Dock Visitor Information Centre (named outlets can also receive complete forms)

Or post to:
Open Culture, World Museum, Liverpool, L3 8EN

Winters Trail  – a cultural programme of events in Liverpool  in January 2011 of which the Liverpool Discovers Trail, Map and Artmobiles will be  a key part.

Liverpool Discover and Winters Trail are funded by the European Union, commissioned by Liverpool City Council and produced  by Wild in Art in partnership with the Liverpool lantern Company and Open Culture.