Did you know that Liverpool can celebrate its birthday on a specific date? Not many places in the UK can do that! As we gear up to celebrate, Fay from our education team tells us more:
"The 28 August has been used in Liverpool to celebrate the city’s ‘birthday’ for a number of years. It was on that date in 1207 that King John signed the letters patent that would set Liverpool up as a free borough and privileged port. It was this document, sometimes referred to as the Charter, that led to the expansion of the fishing village into a port town, as people moved into the area enticed by the offer of a ‘burgage’ – a small plot of land that could be rented from the local lord.
At the Museum of Liverpool this week (28th – 31st August) we will be celebrating the 811th anniversary of the foundation of Liverpool with plenty of activities to get involved with. Make your own mini castle, Liver bird hat or even your own version of the Charter in our craft sessions and get hands-on with a selection of our handling objects to explore the story of the city in detail. We’ll also be offering tours of our Timeline to guide you through 12,000 years of Merseyside history, from the formation of the River Mersey right up to the present day.
Another important date for the growth of Liverpool is 1715. This was the year that saw the opening of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock in Liverpool. After that the town went from strength to strength, with paved streets and a new town hall being opened in 1754. To find out more about Georgian Liverpool, come along and meet Fanny and George (if you dare!) as they take you on a tour of the sights and smells of Liverpool as it was 300 years ago.
Now in 2018, ten years on from when Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008, there is still lots to celebrate so come along and find out what makes the city of Liverpool so special."