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Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2013
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Museum of Liverpool pays tribute to the Reds

The Museum of Liverpool will celebrate all things Anfield when it pays tribute to the home of Liverpool Football Club on Saturday 2 February.

In partnership with the Liverpool Supporters’ Union – Spirit of Shankly – and the National Football Museum, the Museum of Liverpool will host events dedicated to celebrating Amazing Anfield throughout the day, which will appeal to football fans of all ages. 

Anfield has been home to both Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, with the Blues originally renting the ground from its opening in 1884 until 1891. 

Everton left the ground in 1892 due to a dispute over rent, and a new club was created to play at Anfield; Liverpool, played their first league match against Lincoln City on 9 September 1893 and have been at the ground ever since.

 Events at the Museum of Liverpool throughout the day include the following talks:

 

Football in the Museum of Liverpool – Paul Gallagher, Museum of Liverpool

10:30am and 3:30pm

How football is represented in the Museum of Liverpool

 

Liverpool Supporters’ Committee – Les Wright

11:15am

The work of the committee and Les’s role as the away supporters’ rep

Soccer in the City, my first game – Peter Carney

12noon and 1:30pm

 

The making of the Hillsborough single – Peter Hooton

12:45 and 2:15pm

With Hope in Your Heart – Chris Whittle

2:45pm

Talk by Hillsborough survivor Chris Whittle who will share his experience and discuss the writing of his book

 There will also be object handling sessions, footie-themed craft activities, children’s stories, displays and collections between 11am and 3pm. And if that’s not enough, the Museum of Liverpool has more to offer in the Wondrous Place gallery, which explores sport and creativity in the city. Visitors can learn about the history of football on Merseyside, and experience Kicking and Screaming, a 360 degree film immersive exploring Liverpool's passion for football and the unique rivalry and success of Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs.

 

Notes to editors

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. As the first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues and is a fantastic, free family day out. It has attracted nearly 1.5million visitors since opening in July 2011. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.

The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, along with grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS),Garfield Weston Foundation and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.

The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf|.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5billion across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk| 

About National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 3 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool,  World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, UK Border Agency National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.