Posts Tagged ‘hope street’

Looking towards the Knowledge Quarter

What is Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter? According to the prospectus which you can get as a pdf here :

Liverpool Knowledge Quarter stretches from the City’s Anglican Cathedral to the South, through the core facilities of Liverpool John

Moores University and University of Liverpool, taking in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Science Park, Hope Street‘s cultural

offering and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at its Northern fringe. The

Knowledge Quarter also reaches out to and includes John Moores University’s City campus on Byrom Street, an important gateway

to the city centre from north Liverpool where much of their science and technology research is based. The Quarter’s role as a centre

of learning is further enhanced by Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Community College and Liverpool Institute for Performing

Arts (LIPA). Together these institutions house a concentration of expertise, knowledge and wealth creating potential, which we

believe is unrivalled in the UK.

We can add to those locations Copperas Hill, the old mail sorting office which is now to be developed by John Moores University.

The image above taken from the top of Hope Street shows how the new road surfaces and pavements have been continued towards the knowledge quarter. It’s well worth looking at the prospectus as it shows images of Hope Street itself, even street signs, certainly restauarants and bistros. The ambience of Hope Street being marketed here is seen as an important part of the  perceived ambience of  the Knowledge Quarter as a whole.

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The light, the skies, seasons, shadows, weather – each, always changing, gives Hope Street a different presence. Here’s some images from Spiderphoto. When it stops raining we’ll get some moving images. Yes! movies!

Synagogue, pub, restaurant, fancy dress hire...


The building that was once the home of O’Connors Tavern which we’ve mentioned, as the venue of 60s poetry and music especially associated with Liverpool Scene and The Scaffold. It began as a synagogue in the early nineteenth century which then moved to Hope Place (next to the Unity Theatre). As time moves on, so many buildings have changed their function like this  one atthe corner of Hardman Street and Pilgrim Street. Time has a more immediate effect too. The picture below is of parts of the building that have fallen off. Be careful when walking past!


Visit Liverpool – Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Liverpool.

This is a video from the official visitliverpool site of Hope Street. See what you think!

Panic 60/30

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Representation
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Not one for kids. This has an 18 certificate! We shot the pictures last year as an experiment in ‘stop motion’ photography. Soundtrack just mixed from a sound effects CD. We’ve spoofed ‘artistic’ presentation titles to make it into an art form. If there’s a serious point – we think there is – it’s that the composing, framing and editing of sounds and images can create of the ‘reality’ of Hope Street and environs something which disturbs other presentations which, although they may not acknowledge or be aware of it, are equally one of infinite representational possibilities.

Not much we can add. A very small tribute and holder of memories.

Look forward to the new theatre’s opening. In the meantime we’ll be looking soon at the brilliant, though less generally wellknown, theatre work going on in  and near Hope Street such as Hope Street International Creation Centre and Liverpool Network Theatre

Something of a spoof perhaps from our Ged! How close to the ‘truth’ of tourism? Is Liverpool only known for its famous images – the Beatles, the ferries, the football, the waterfont, the scouse sense of humour? Do people just want to quickly see the famous places and move on quickly to ‘do’ another historical site or place associated with a famous person?


Do we glance in passing at history or stop and go deep? Adrian Henri wrote in his poem “I Want to Paint” the lines I want to paint…. Enormous paintings of every pavingstone in Canning Street. (Canning Street is in the Hope Street area or ‘quarter). Funnily enough, on Inspidered last year we did a ‘short history of pavements’!  There are infinite possibilities of ‘doing’ a history of Hope Street. We could present a formal. ‘touristy’ version, a straightforward history of the street’s development, concentrate on the residents, orexamine the pavements of Hope Street as a ‘way in’ to its history. Actually, we shall be mentioning pavements in the near future. The £2 million plus refurbishment of the street’s pavements is of historical significance.

An impression of how the Lutyens cathedral and Hope Street may have looked (1943)


The design by Sir Edwin Lutyens of the RC Cathedral barely went past the design stage. The present crypt is all that was built, visited at the rear of the present cathedral. Financial constraints were the main problem. You can read about the history of the Lutyens project here, and see the model (currently on display at the Anglican Cathedral).

Below is a view of Hope Street and the RC Cathedral today, photographed from the top of the Anglican Cathedral.

Hope Street today










We’re working editing a short piece about a man (our Duncan) who comes from Hope Street in Glasgow to Hope Street in Liverpool. Maybe he’s looking for a fresh start. Maybe he’s looking for culture. Whatever.

Obviously somebody in the know heard about the filming and it became a tourist attraction in its own right.    Everyone is taking and making pictures. How many on a single day are taken in Hope Street alone? What will become of them?

As we’ve said, September 18 will be a marker of our project. That’s the day of the annual Hope Street Feast described on the organisers’ site as  the urban village fete of the Hope Street Quarter, full of the music, dance, theatre, art and great food, drink, local produce and learning that characterise Hope Street’s special contribution to Liverpool life. 2011 will be the 6th Hope Street Feast. At the site you can see video, images and reviews about last year’s festival.

Among the food and fun the Philharmonic is joining in with an Open Day:  a chance to get an insider’s view of the venue and experience some fantastic free live music. Drop in throughout the day for music and fun activities for all ages, with free performances from a range of ensemble, artists and bands, tasters of our learning programmes, chamber, jazz and folk music, films, stages and stalls all along Hope Street, and lots more surprises on the day.

The “Phil” will be featured in several coming posts – such as Harold Hikins’ and Co’s 1965 live poetry events called Fill the Phil.