A heritage first for Central Library

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There will be a heritage and culture takeover at Liverpool’s Central Library this weekend.

On Saturday (26 October) a brand new Heritage and Culture event will take place which will see a day full of talks and sessions which help people date and trace their family history. There will also be 40 stallholders from groups such as Garston Historical Society, Friends of Anfield Cemetery, Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre and the Anglican Cathedral Archive who will be on hand to give advice to visitors.

A series of ticketed talks will kick-off at 10am with Liverpool Record Office researcher, Roger Hull who will look at how key dates in the city’s history could have impacted on many family histories.

Other talks include:

  • The Irish in the North West 1800 – 1939 – Delivered by Mervyn Busteed from Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies looking at the influx of Irish migrants and the impact this had on the urban landscape.
  • 302 Men – There are 302 men listed on the Commonwealth War Graves database who served and died with the King’s Regiment in 1919. Karen O’Rourke from National Museums Liverpool will discuss the impact of the Great War on the regiment post 1918.
  • The Waterways Archive – Explore more than 200 years of waterways history and find out more about boat people, bridges and the aqueducts which cover the vast network of waterways.
  • A Short History of my Experience with DNA – DNA expert Peter Cobley, will talk about  background history of the finding and identification of DNA, including some examples of how Peter managed to work out who cousins are with some traps encountered on the way.

Tours will take in the conservation studios and the Black Punch exhibition which traces the history of boxing in Liverpool as part of Black History Month.

A Windrush documentary called The Descendants will be shown, followed by a Q&A session with representatives from Blackburne House who produced the piece of work.

Tickets for the talks cost just £5 and are available from Central Library’s website or can be purchased from the library on the day. 

The event has been organised in partnership with the Liverpool and SW Lancashire Family History Society.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Family history research, and discovering more about the city’s heritage are always hugely popular with visitors to Central Library.

“This event is a wonderful combination of expert talks, advice about tracing family roots, exhibitions and tours around the conservation studio which isn’t generally open to the public.

“It’s sure to be a fascinating day in the stunning surroundings of the Picton Reading Room.”

Mervyn Busteed from Liverpool University who will be talking about the city’s Irish community, said: “Heritage Day is a great idea and it challenges us to try and imagine our excitingly diverse region without the Irish contribution – which is impossible!”