And if you know your history…

The history of the Liverpool City Region will be explored over a fascinating and educational weekend of events, as St Georges Hall presents The Big History Weekend on Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October.


Throughout the weekend, visitors will have an opportunity to explore Liverpool and Merseyside’s history through a variety of stalls, exhibitions and talks from guest speakers – with representatives from a whole host of local history, heritage and family history groups from across Merseyside in attendance.

There will be guest speakers presenting special talks in the stirring surroundings of the Small Concert Room at St Georges Hall. Saturday speakers include Steve Binns MBE with ‘Should We Have Built St George’s Hall?’, Stephen Guy discussing ‘West Derby Then and Now’ and Ken Pye with ‘Liverpool: The Rise, Fall and Renaissance of a World Class City’.

There will also be a special interactive question panel show led by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips, giving visitors the opportunity to voice their questions to panellists Steve Binns MBE, Janet Dugdale, Stephen Guy and Ken Pye.

This will then be followed on Sunday with talks from Frankie Connor going ‘From Mersey Street to Mersey Beat’; John Harrison with an insight into ‘The Characters and Tales of Toxteth’; James O’Keefe with ‘Charles Dickens and Liverpool’; Ken Rogers with ‘The History of Liverpool through the Headlines of the Liverpool Post and Echo’ and finally George Skelly discussing ‘Liverpool Miscarriages of Justice’.

There will be a great selection of stalls and exhibitions for visitors to enjoy throughout the two days. Opportunities are still available for local history, heritage and family history groups and organisations to book a stall for the event. Anyone interested in booking a stall can contact Zoe Rubert on 0151 225 6966 or for further information.


Guest Speaker Times

Saturday 4 October

11:00am – Stephen Guy: West Derby Then and Now

12:00pm – Ken Pye: Liverpool: The Rise, Fall and Renaissance of a World Class City

1:00pm – Steve Binns MBE: Should We Have Built St George’s Hall?

2:00pm – Question Time Panel Show


Sunday 5 October

11:00am – John Harrison: The Characters and Tales of Toxteth

12:00pm – George Skelly: Liverpool Miscarriages of Justice

1:00pm – Ken Rogers: The History of Liverpool through the Headlines of the Liverpool Post and Echo

2:00pm – Frankie Connor: From Mersey Street to Mersey Beat

3:00pm – James O’Keefe: Charles Dickens and Liverpool


Event Listings

The Big History Weekend

St George’s Hall, St George’s Pl, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JJ

(Entrance is via the North entrance – opposite Walker Art Gallery)

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October

10:00am – 5:00pm (Both Days)

Entry: £2.50 (Payable on the door)

Talks: £1.50 each (+ initial £2.50 Entry Fee)



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