Tours

On Wednesday 10 July, participants are invited to join one of three tours.

Liverpool and Slavery Walking Tour

This tour is free of charge but places are limited.

Exact timings of the tour TBC.

Tour guide: Laurence Westgaph

The Liverpool and Slavery Walking Tour, will take you on a journey through history demonstrating how Liverpool’s involvement in slavery transformed the town, providing much of the wealth used to establish some of the city’s most important 18th and 19th-century institutions. Slavery also shaped the built environment, providing the capital used to adorn the town with some of its finest grade I and grade II listed buildings. The slave trade changed the demography of the port, both numerically and culturally and was the dominant factor in establishing the oldest continuous black community in the country. The tour will take in a number of buildings of interest and we will be visiting sites where a number of the enslaved population of Liverpool lived and died, along with many other important places of remembrance related to Liverpool’s involvement in the slave trade.

Laurence Westgaph is an independent researcher, community historian, writer, broadcaster and tour guide. He has a particular interest in Liverpool’s role in the slave trade and how its legacies have benefitted the city and impacted its built environment. He has written on this subject for Historic England and for the architecture journal, Context. Laurence advises Historic England on their Liverpool listed buildings that have a connection to slavery and has trained RIBA’s Liverpool Architecture tour guides. Currently, Laurence is working on his PhD at the University of Liverpool where he also completed his masters.  His thesis is entitled African Liverpool: Black Community in a Slave Trade City.

NOW FULLY BOOKED Manchester Tour: Documenting Resistance, Revolt and Solidarity NOW FULLY BOOKED

The tour will begin and end with a train journey between Liverpool and Manchester (approx. 40 minutes). There is no charge for the tour but participants will need to buy a day return train ticket (approx. £16).

Exact timings of the tour TBC.

Tour guide:  Dr Andrew Flinn

Two hundred years after the  Peterloo massacre, our tour will begin in the Cooperative quarter, near Victoria Station, make our way towards the site of the Peterloo demonstration and later the venue for the Sex Pistols’ legendary 1976 shows at the Lesser Free Trade Hall and then carry on to the People’s History Museum (formerly the National Museum of Labour History) and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. Along the way we will see Chetham’s Library, the oldest free public reference library in the United Kingdom, where Marx and Engels worked on The Communist Manifesto, the John Rylands Deansgate Library with its Peterloo exhibition and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre as well as statues commemorating the cooperative movement, women’s suffrage and workers’ solidarity in the fight against slavery.

Beatles Tour

Tour bus will depart University of Liverpool Campus at 3pm.

There is a £19.95 charge for this tour, payable during online registration.

A fun and fascinating 2 hour tour of Beatles Liverpool. You’ll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm. See the Beatles childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You’ll be kept entertained along the way by a professional Beatles Guides and some Fab Four tunes. The tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club where you can enjoy live music every afternoon from the Cavern’s resident musicians. Your tour ticket also gives you free general admission to the Cavern Club in the evening of your tour date.

Post-AERI Tour – Northern Irish Archive and Memory Initiatives

Those registered for the tour of archives and memory initiatives and sites connected with Northern Irish history (between 13 and 18 July) should contact the tour leader, Professor Anne Gilliland, with any enquiries. The tour includes accommodations, transportation, admission and events within Northern Ireland, but participants will need to make their own arrangements to travel from Liverpool to Belfast as well as for after the conclusion of the tour.