Our Future Cities Forum 'Cultural Cities' report


Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock looking north towards the Museum of Liverpool.



Leaders from National Museums Liverpool, Birmingham Museums Trust, The Wallace Collection in London, MICA Architects and Stoke on Trent's Cultural Destination Partnership, spoke at Future Cities Forum this week on the issues around encouraging visitors back to museums and city attractions post Covid-19.


There were questions around the value of grants being offered to museums and how these should be deployed, the role of digital, the expansion of the use of public realm to join up museum sites and the future of transport to enable visitors to access heritage.


Director of National Museums Liverpool, Laura Pye, was asked why the time was right now to develop the dockside landscape at Liverpool, in the area between the Royal Albert Dock (designed as the very first non-combustible warehouse group and built in 1846 without structural wood), the Museum of Liverpool (completed in 2011) and Canning Graving Dock next to Mann Island:


'Covid-19 has had some significant impacts but in terms of waterfront plans we had already been working on these for the last three years. There has been an extension of the International Slavery Museum , which has become a museum in its own right but symbolically doesn't have its own front door. We own a huge bit of land and it tells the history of the city in a tangible way. Liverpool this week opened a 'river of light' festival, and many people came to see the large LED rainbow on Canning Graving Dock. Now people are exploring the whole of the quayside, much of which has not been accessible before.. It's a big piece of land that belongs to the people of Liverpool and they need to use it in a different way.'


Laura was then asked how 'Black Lives Matt