Liverpool is a city steeped in maritime history. But while you might expect to find tales of smuggler’s coves and bravery at sea in Merseyside Maritime Museum, the city itself can surprise you with many stories of its seafaring and merchant links.
I was recently introduced to Helen Fowler from The Monro pub on Duke Street and after a quick coffee and a chat I discovered not only were The Monro hosting an installation for Liverpool Biennial , but it is also a building bursting with historic tales to tell . I found out about the steam ship which it is named after and its former owner Colonel John Bolton . He was the most wealthy Liverpool merchant of his generation and no doubt inspired George Holt who lived just across town at Sudley House in Mossley Hill.
With the tall ships returning to Liverpool this week and our own exciting Biennial exhibitions soon to arrive at the Walker Art Gallery, we’ve joined up with The Monro to create a little trail around the city and beyond. The trail highlights our merchant and maritime connections and collections - you can download the trail here. You may even find yourself a cup of coffee as a reward at the end!