Liverpool’s World Heritage voice

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Liverpool’s World Heritage Site (WHS) status is at risk, but with your help, Engage Liverpool will ensure your voice is heard at this year’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) meeting in Bahrain.

In 2004, Liverpool was awarded WHS status. Experts described the city as:

“a supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence.”

Since then, WHS status has played a part in increased tourism and cultural investment, quality regeneration projects like Liverpool ONE, and over £750m investment into heritage assets like the redevelopment of Central Library, and the Titanic Hotel on Stanley Dock.

But… now our World Heritage Site status is at risk.

Last year, the UNESCO WHC was ready to remove the prestigious status from Liverpool, making it only the third ever site to lose its status.

An impassioned speech from an Engage Liverpool representative, at the 2017 committee meeting in Krakow, is credited with persuading the delegates to delay their decision a further 12 months.

Back in the UK, that Autumn, Engage brought senior UNESCO figures to Liverpool for the first time during our acclaimed 3-part seminar series on the World Heritage Site. Dialogue opened up between UNESCO and the Mayor’s Task Force, as well as the 150+ residents and stakeholders who attended the seminars.

We’ve now been given an unprecedented opportunity to speak again at the 2018 WHC meeting in Bahrain.

Engage Liverpool has always spoken up for residents and communities in the city centre and waterfront – And now the voices of concerned citizens need to be heard again.

We’re confident that, with your passion and determination to save Liverpool’s World Heritage status, we can persuade the WHC to keep Liverpool on the list until we can demonstrate that the city’s word can be trusted and progress is being made.

But we need everyone’s help to make it happen.

We’re crowdfunding the travel and accommodation costs for one representative from Engage to travel to the WHC meeting, cover the proceedings on our blog and on social media, and speak—in front of the panel of 21 member countries—about how much Liverpool people care about saving their World Heritage Site status.

Become a part of protecting and preserving the Liverpool World Heritage Site for ours—and future—generations. Give something today, and invite your friends to do the same.

Thank you!
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Update 2
Posted by Engage Liverpool
6 months ago
Hello, friends and supporters!

Thanks to your generous support, we were able to fly Gerry Proctor out to Bahrain at the end of last week. He attended the 5th World Heritage Watch (WHW) Civil Society Forum on Friday and Saturday, and the main event—the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC)—will be starting today, and running for a week.

You can follow news from Bahrain, and Engage’s contributions to the debate around Liverpool’s WHS status, on our website: https://www.engageliverpool.com/news/international-support-for-liverpools-whs/

Also, our next Grapevine email will be going out before the end of this month, so if you’d like to hear about Engage’s activity as well as local events and consultations, every month, sign up for free here: http://eepurl.com/dpbuLL

All the best,

Engage Liverpool
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Update 1
Posted by Engage Liverpool
7 months ago
Happy Friday, and a huge *thank you* to all of our wonderful donors!!

That’s because, with your support, this morning we reached our ambitious crowdfunding target of £1500.

This time next week, our experienced representative, Gerry Proctor, will be on his way to the UNESCO meeting in Bahrain, to make connections, learn from others, and—most importantly—speak to the entire World Heritage Committee, about how much Liverpool’s residents and businesses value the city’s World Heritage Site status.

We’ve already seen a sneak peak of the Committee’s draft decision (to allow Liverpool to keep its status for another year) but with 12 new committee members on the panel, many of whom will be sceptical of proposed development plans on the Liverpool waterfront, we still have everything to play for. And with your support and kind words, we now have the means and the opportunity to speak up for Liverpool residents and businesses, on the global stage.

Speaking of kind words, we thought it would be lovely to share some of the wonderful things you’ve all said to us – so we’ve listed just a few of the comments we’ve received, at the end of this update. You really are a valuable and much cherished community to us at Engage Liverpool, and we couldn’t do what we do without you.

Before we go – if you’d like to keep up to date with what Engage does, and follow our reports back from the World Heritage committee, subscribe to our monthly Grapevine email ( http://eepurl.com/dpbuLL) or follow us on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/engageliverpool) and Facebook ( https://facebook.com/EngageLiverpoolCIC).


“Albert Dock is fully supportive of Engage lead to support Liverpool to retain World Heritage Site status. Gerry has been a fantastic ambassador. Good luck.” – Albert Dock

“If our World Heritage Status matters to you, below is an opportunity to help make a difference. EngageLiverpool is one of the best independents fighting for it.” – Alice Bennett

“My best wishes for Liverpool gaining recognition for World Heritage support“ – Hayley Collocott

“The Regenda Group fully supports Engage Liverpool's work to preserve Liverpool's WHS status.” – Michael Burkett, Regenda Group

“We all need to put our money where our mouths are and show UNESCO that we want the world heritage status.” – Elaine Cresswell

“Merseyside Civic Society is pleased to support Engage and Gerry in this mission to the WHC meeting in Bahrain and sends "best wishes" for the event.” – David Massey, Merseyside Civic Society

“Thank you for your work on Liverpool's behalf! Would have been terrible to lose this status. You are all good folk!“ – Pamela Ball

“Delighted to contribute so that we can have the best representation of Liverpool's interests at the 2018 WHC meeting in Bahrain.” – Rachael Biggs, Non-Conform
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