Jane's Walk Liverpool 2018

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Join us for our sixth year of Jane's Walk in Liverpool!

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.

The walks allow people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours. They're designed as a walking conversation, so come along and find out more about Liverpool and share your own stories of the area.

Saturday 5th May

Walk 1: Toxteth riots

When? 11am-12.30pm

Meeting point: Falkner Square, Georgian Quarter

Walk leader: Alan Cooper

Alan joined Merseyside police as a cadet in 1975 before moving on to become a constable in January 1978, when he was posted to the Wirral.

Two years later he moved to the forces Operational support division (OSD), working in high crime areas and providing the forces response to public order and firearms issues. He was in the OSD during the Toxteth riots and witnessed at first hand the events of July 5th 1981, the first night of the disturbances, and the ensuing and troubling disorder that continued for several months.

Promoted to sergeant in 1984 he was posted to Toxteth and the Dingle, in the south end of the city, where he served for eight years--six of which being in the CID. He remained the CID for the following sixteen years rising firstly to detective inspector in the drug squad, Huyton CID and the forces major crime unit until, in 1999, he returned to Toxteth as the detective chief inspector for the south end of the city.

He served in the south of the city, in Toxteth and Dingle, for nearly twelve of his 26 years as a regular officer in Merseyside police; and it is an area, and people, that he has a great affection for.

Walk 2: Ropewalks regeneration 2005-2015

When? 2.30-4pm

Meeting point: Campbell Square (L1 5BL), near the bottom of Duke Street

Walk leader: Peter Hoey

Peter Hoey has worked for Liverpool City Council since 2005 and has managed Liverpool’s Townscape Heritage Initiative grant aid scheme, which supported the restoration and reuse of many of the buildings in Ropewalks.

Sunday 6th May

Walk 3: Waterfront

When? 11am-12.30pm

Meeting point: Port hole outside of John Lewis

Walk leader: Rob Burns

Rob Burns is an archaeologist, urban designer and heritage specialist with over 30 years experience in the sector. Formerly employed by Historic England as a Historic Areas Inspector for the NW, and then as the Urban Design and Heritage Manager for Liverpool, he now works as an independent consultant nationally. He was involved with the nomination and management of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site, and in many of the regeneration schemes in the city, including Liverpool 1, Mann Island, Lime Street Gateway, Liverpool Waters and Kings Dock, and is still involved with some of the current large-scale projects in the city, in a consultancy role.

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Once walk locations are confirmed, (free) tickets will be available on this Eventbrite.

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