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Catch up: Spring Lecture Series Cities of the British Isles: Liverpool

This is a recording of the event that took place on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 18.30.Liverpool presented by Dr Joseph Sharples

Liverpool reached its commercial zenith in the early 20th century, suffered widespread destruction during the Second World War, became a focus of popular culture in the 1960s and experienced catastrophic decline in the ensuing decades. By the 1990s it was reinventing itself as a tourist destination.

Joseph Sharples will explore how the city’s history is reflected in its buildings. American-inspired Classicism dominated the interwar years, revealing the influence of Charles Reilly, head of the Liverpool School of Architecture. Comprehensive redevelopment in the 1960s and 1970s destroyed much, but produced significant monuments such as Tripe & Wakeham’s, Royal Insurance headquarters, and Frederick Gibberd’s,  Catholic Cathedral. After a long fallow period, noted architects are once again reshaping the city.

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