Shipping magnate’s life highlighted

There is a chance to find out more about one of the men who made a major contribution to Livepool’s maritime history – and the owner of a historic building.

Thamar MacIver will give an illustrated talk on the life and times of her ancestor Charles MacIver, one of the founding members of Liverpool’s celebrated Cunard shipping line, on Saturday 3rd October, 2-4pm at Calderstones Mansion. 
 
Cunard was widely recognised as one of the greatest shipping companies in the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, and celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. Charles MacIver was one of Victorian Liverpool’s leading shipping magnates and helped establish Cunard, cementing his status as a pioneer of transatlantic sea travel.
 
Charles MacIver was also the original owner of Calderstones Mansion, a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house in Calderstones Park, and custodian of the Calder Stones, a Neolithic monument older than the pyramids which gives the park its name.
 
Richard MacDonald, Heritage Stories Maker at The Reader which has its headquarters at Calderstones Mansion, said of the upcoming event:
 
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to experience Liverpool’s rich maritime history through the lives of one of its pioneering families, and in the surroundings of their home; Thamar MacIver will bring the 175-year history of the Cunard Line to life as never before.”
 
Tickets to Sons of the Sea: MacIver of Calderstones cost £5 on the door and refreshments will be available; all proceeds will go towards the restoration of Calderstones Mansion.