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About the Liverpool Heritage Forum

The Liverpool Heritage Forum is a networking organisation of voluntary societies actively interested in Liverpool's culture and heritage.

The Forum is a means whereby independent societies and individuals can meet together to share ideas and to establish useful contacts with the public authorities. It is independent but is the recognised link with the Liverpool Culture Company, the official organisers of the celebrations for 2007 (the 800th anniversary of the city's foundation by King John) and 2008 (Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture). It will help to publicise collectively what individual societies are doing and will be assisted by the Culture Company in doing this. The Forum has no commercial purpose.

This website is being built with several objectives in mind. One is to publicise the large number of societies active in the cultural and heritage fields and their activities. These societies all welcome new members and many welcome non-members to their functions. The Forum's Newsletter spreads information about these matters. Copies will be sent by email on request.

Another aim of the website is to focus attention on the two celebratory years, 2007 and 2008. While 2008 is the focal point for attracting visitors to Liverpool - with the benefits in terms of jobs and money flowing into public and private coffers that it will produce - 2007 is the year which will touch the hearts of many local people the most deeply and is much more than a "dry-run" for 2008. The successes of 2007 are likely to be replicated in 2008 but at the moment attention is concentrated on making 2007 a year that will increase the pride of all local people in their city's past, present and future. These celebratory years mean that societies can, if they, want, reach out beyond their regular membership and involve a wider cross-section of the local population and a larger number of visitors. For 2007, societies plan publications, videos, lectures, conferences and guided walks. Certain buildings, monuments and fountains will be refurbished. "Meeters and Greeters" will assist visitors to the city to find their way around.

Another aim of the website is to distil part of the mass of information about Liverpool's history and culture into a more accessible form than generally exists now. There is a wealth of information about the city but, at least for the visitor and perhaps also for many local people, it is not easy to know what exists and where to find it. This website will therefore contain simple packets such as a listing of noteworthy Liverpudlians of yesteryear, explanations of the names of streets in the centre of the city where these commemorate former citizens, and a list of publications currently available. This is not original research but a packaging of what already exists.

The Forum's newsletter, as well as giving details of forthcoming cultural and heritage events organised by voluntary societies, highlights nuggets of the city's history which deserve to be better known than they are.

The contents of the website at the outset (August 2006) is of a very provisional nature. It will take much time to fill out the information provided and the format will be adjusted as time goes by.

Comments and contributions are welcome to apearce50@gmail.com.

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