Liverpool Cathedral: IIya Kuzhekin, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/ w/index.php?curid=52593172
VG&M: Chemical Engineer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Liverpool Waterfront: Dave Chetwin
Hear from speakers on a wide range of interrelated themes, focussing on how to successfully overcome the accessibility barriers that can exclude groups from enjoying and experiencing historic buildings or sites or participating in heritage activities and take a tour.
Tour 1: Victoria Gallery & Museum – access for all. The Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) is an art gallery and museum run by the University of Liverpool in Liverpool. VG&M is located in the redbrick 1892 Victoria Building. The building was designed by the Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse and is Grade II listed. After a £8.6million restoration the museum opened on 28 May 2008. It houses the University of Liverpool’s art and museum collections, donated to and created by the University. This tour will explore how the Victoria Museum is improving access physically and psychologically to the Victoria Building and the Museum’s collections.
Tour 2: Liverpool Waterfront – physical accessFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Planit-IE will take us on a tour of Liverpool Waterfront exploring how they are improving access to this significant waterfront through their 10-year masterplan work focussing on National Museums Liverpool’s holdings. Some of the land and buildings around the museum are currently under-utilised, and the masterplan will look at development and public realm to improve visitor experience and engagement, wayfinding, educational and curational requirements, commercial activities, and sustainability.
Tour 3: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – access for maintenanceLiverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and opened in 1967. Concrete framed with Portland stone cladding and an aluminium roof, the Cathedral is recognisable by its pinnacle-crowned stained glass lantern tower. Purcell are providing a range of architectural and heritage services to enable the Cathedral to manage the conservation of this iconic Grade II* building. This tour will focus on the permanent works required to allow access for surveying and maintenance of the lantern tower, and how these were planned to meet current health and safety requirements.