Albert Dock’s 175th anniversary plans revealed

Liverpool’s Albert Dock has launched a long-running strategy to celebrate its 175th anniversary over the course of five years.

The Albert Dock – Celebrating 175 Years 1846-2021 programme will shine the spotlight on the tourist attraction’s past and future possibilities, and celebrate its success with a series of special initiatives.

The strategy was devised by Gower Street Estates, the private company which owns the freehold of Albert Dock Liverpool, and will play out across themed years between now and 2021.

This year’s theme is ‘Engaging hearts and minds’, during which the dock’s role in the local community will be highlighted. Next year’s is ‘Unlocking heritage’, phase where the site’s history will come to life through “visual, digital and practical interpretation”.

This will be followed by ‘Culture and creativity’ in 2018, a theme which ties in with the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s City of Culture celebrations, the 30the anniversary of Tate Liverpool, and the 10th birthday of the Liverpool Biennial.

Key projects during the five-year strategy include an international research project around regeneration – launched in partnership with Heseltine Institute of Public Policy and Practice at University of Liverpool – and a series of inter-professional lectures around topics such as tourism and estate management.

A culture legacy chaired by Culture Liverpool director Claire McColgan MBE will be developed with partners Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and Albert Dock to discuss the possibility of commissioning a new public artwork on the waterfront.

Albert Dock

The project will also see key partners develop the dock’s physical landscape to ensure it remains a key part of Liverpool’s tourist offering going forward.

Sue Grindrod, chief executive, Albert Dock Liverpool, says “As the forefather of regeneration and tourism in Liverpool and one of the first place makers for the city, it is important that the Dock continues to evolve and grow in order to meet the needs of the modern environment and evolving audiences, and to reflect its own aims to be pioneering, award-winning, game changing and show-stopping.

“While the strategy provides an opportunity to celebrate the Dock’s illustrious past, more importantly it enables us to push forward and create a legacy that adds to the tourism assets in the city and offers new experiences for audiences. As a private company Gower Street Estate can invest in this strategy and secure commercial partners to realise its aims and ambitions.”

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