Arena & Conference Centre Liverpool
Both workshop and conference will be held at the BT Convention Centre, Arena and Conference Centre Liverpool (ACCL). The ACCL was built on the former site of Kings Dock in Liverpool city centre, which together with Albert Dock, provide a conference village with hotels, bars and restaurants.
Liverpool – the city
Liverpool is a city with a maritime history. The city won UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2004 as the waterfront represents a ‘supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global significance’.
In recent times the city has moved away from its industrial past and there has been significant regeneration in the city centre. In 2008 Liverpool was European City of Culture. A regional branch of the Tate Museum is situated in Albert Dock. The Walker Art Gallery is home to a stunning collection of paintings and sculpture, from the 13th century to the present day. Other museums around the city include the World Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool.
Liverpool has long been famous for music and is the official World Capital of Pop. The Beatles Story is located in Albert Dock, a short walk from the ACCL. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra dating from 1840 and gives over 60 concerts each season in its home town under the leadership of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.
Another “must do” in Liverpool is a trip on the famous Mersey Ferry. Ferries have operated between Liverpool and the Wirral since the 12th century. The current fleet have been in operation since the 1960s.
Liverpool also has strong sporting links. It has two Premiership football teams: Liverpool and Everton and is the home of the Grand National horse race. Liverpool is situated on England’s golf coast with three of the top links courses in Britain: Birkdale; Liverpool and Lytham & St Annes amongst the 20 courses located within easy reach.
If you are attending both the Workshop and the Conference, there is an opportunity to explore further afield on the 31st May – a day free of sessions. A tour is planned to the Lake District, England’s largest National Park. For those wishing to explore the area independently, the historic city of Chester is of historical interest as its streets reflect the influences of Roman, Norman and Georgian architecture.
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