It’s the 24th Anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy this coming Monday, 15 April.
24 years ago, 96 people lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest.
The city is marking the Anniversary this year with a number of commemorative events including the installation of a clock in Liverpool Town Hall, from National Museums Liverpool’s collections. The ornate ‘long case’ clock, made by Liverpool clock maker John Clifton in the 1780s, will be unveiled at the Town Hall on Sunday as a memorial to the 96. Its time will be frozen at 3:06pm – the time that the game was stopped on 15 April 1989.
Also being unveiled on Sunday at Old Haymarket close to World Museum, will be a memorial monument created by sculptor Tom Murphy. The seven-foot bronze structure features the words ‘Hillsborough Disaster-we will remember them’ along with the names of all those who died in the tragedy.
The Museum of Liverpool too is marking the Anniversary, displaying artworks dedicated to the memory of the 96.
Donated to the Museum by the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Alan Wynne’s mosaic called ‘United for Justice’ will be displayed in the Wondrous Place gallery as a thank you to the people of Liverpool for their help and support during the campaign for justice.
The mosaic features an iconic image which was taken during Everton Football Club’s tribute to the 96 at their home game against Newcastle on Monday 17 September 2012, following the release of the Independent Panel report. The artwork depicts eight-year-old Liverpool fan Michael Clarke holding the hand of 11-year-old Evertonian Beth Garner-Watt on the pitch at Goodison.
Also displayed on the first floor of the Museum of Liverpool is graffiti artist Gecko’s work ‘Spray for Justice’ created in memory of his friend Carl Brown from Leigh, who died at Hillsborough when he was 18. The unique and moving display, includes the main piece ‘From the Heart’ comprising 96 canvases each representing an individual who lost their life at Hillsborough. Gecko has used spray paint and stencils to create layers of images including the iconic Liver Bird in a range of reds. A number on each canvas represents the age of the victims, and the pink canvases represent the young women who died, including the two Hicks sisters.
The artworks will be on display to the public from tomorrow, Saturday 13 April.
On Monday 15 April, all National Museums Liverpool venues will hold a two minute silence at 3.06pm in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died at Hillsborough.