Mapping Memory at Doreen's Cafe

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The Mapping Memory project team ran an impromptu workshop at Doreen's Cafe last month, focusing on the local community around the Park Lane area. Local residents helped recreate the neighbourhood for the team by using a map to plot interesting landmarks from the past. The resulting picture was of a bustling community during the 1950s and 60s, with many popular local pubs, shops and cafes along Park Lane. Pubs in particular seemed to be a dominant feature of the area, with several dotted along the road, including 'The Long Haul', 'The Lord D Tabley' and 'The Lettuce.' With all the pubs long since demolished it was a great opportunity to capture memories of the area as it once was.

Photograph of participants at the 'Doreen's Cafe workshop'

Local Park Lane residents plotting landmarks of the past for our research team

Do you remember Park Lane and the many pubs located along the road? Do you have any stories of other pubs, shops and cafes that existed around the central waterfront and L1 area between the years 1950 and 1980? With more workshops and interviews planned over the coming months we'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to share any of your memories please get in contact with me (Laura Balderstone) on 0151 794 2416 or email For more information on the project itself check out the Mapping Memory web page.

The project is a collaboration between NML, Liverpool University and Re-Dock. We're grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding it as part of their Beyond Text Programme.