Follow the Poppy Trail

Poppy field

A special trail has been created to highlight Liverpool’s links with World War One.

To complement the arrival of the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window which has gone on display on part of the façade of St George’s Hall, a trail called Liverpool Remembers has been produced which gives a suggested route around the city centre encouraging residents and visitors to learn more about the trials and tribulations of those whose lives were changed forever by the war.

The trail, which been created by Liverpool City Council in conjunction with National Museums Liverpool, comprises more than 20 locations throughout the city signposting people to memorials ranging from the Liverpool Pals Memorial at Lime Street Station, the Unknown Soldier in Exchange Flags and the Maritime Memorials at the Pier Head right through to buildings of historic interest such as Martins Bank on Water Street, Liverpool Town Hall and several of the city’s museums.

A map detailing all the points of reference is available to download here

It also recommends a route to take in some of the sites which starts at St George’s Hall, works its way through the city centre and ends at the Mersey Ferry Terminal with the dazzle ferry, a First World War centenary art commission by Sir Peter Blake called Everybody Razzle Dazzle.

The Liverpool Pals memorial at Lime Street station
The Liverpool Pals memorial at Lime Street station

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We know that hosting these iconic Poppies will give visitors the chance to reflect on those who sadly lost their lives during the war, but we’re also hoping that the stunning art installation will inspire people to learn more about the relevance of the Poppies.

“With all our major events, we want to do as much as we can to help anyone who wants to find out more about the subject matter at the heart of the cultural activity. The Liverpool Remembers trail achieves just that.

“Liverpool has so many connections to World War One and the Liverpool Remembers trail means that people of all ages can choose their route through the city centre and learn more about its history and those men, women and children whose lives changed forever as a result of the War.”

Director of Liverpool Biennial, Sally Tallant, said: “It is great to see another significant artwork supported by 14-18 NOW join the dazzle ship commissions and put a focus on artists’ response to the First World War.

“Sir Peter Blake and Carlos Cruz Diez’s dazzle ships have been experienced by millions of people already. We are glad that this new trail will open up even more possibilities for the people of Liverpool and beyond to engage with the history behind the works.”

Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Urban and Military History at the Museum of Liverpool, who has been involved in developing the trail, said: “We have worked closely with Liverpool City Council to create a trail that will offer those who follow it a real insight into the people who have been part of significant historic events and occasions in connection with the First World War.

“It gives me great pride as a Curator of Military History to have helped to highlight the emotive stories about so many local people who took part in the war effort, in order that they should be remembered and not forgotten.”

The full list of recommended locations is:

Memorials
The Liverpool Pals Memorial, Liverpool Lime Street Station
Liverpool Cenotaph, St George’s Hall Plateau
The Liverpool Scottish Regiment Book of Remembrance, St George’s Hall
Liverpool Kings Regiment Monument, St John’s Gardens
Liverpool Post Office Staff Memorial, Metquarter
The Unknown Soldier, Liverpool Cotton Association Memorial, Exchange Flags
News Room Memorial, Exchange Flags
The Hall of Remembrance, Liverpool Town Hall
Various maritime Memorials at the Pier Head
Liverpool Heroes Memorial, Abercromby Square
Jet of Iada, Calderstones Park

Buildings/activities of historic interest
Royal Court Theatre
St George’s Hall
Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool Central Library
World Museum
The Bluecoat
16 Cook Street
Liverpool Town Hall
Martins Bank,
Royal Liver Building
The Cunard Building
The Port of Liverpool Building
Dazzle Ferry (Everybody Razzle Dazzle)
Museum of Liverpool
Edmund Gardner Pilot Ship
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock Liverpool

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