LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
History Group Report -
By Reg Yorke September 2012
‘Formby, Then and Now’. We are happy with progress and now checking the page-
Ravenmeols Heritage Trails.
Since the beginning of this project I feel we have gone through several phases (not necessarily in the right order!):-
Trying to understand what we have found on site, in historical photographs and in documentary sources. Relating this information to present day landscape using it to identify, record, understand and explain what is to be found on site today.
Mapping and testing physical routes (‘trails’) relating the more significant locations and features, past and present. This is ongoing. Location types in Ravenmeols, are mainly:-
We now have to clarify this together with a theme and then a detailed story. This needs to provide interest, excitement and amusement as well as factual information. Objectives should ideally be specific, measurable and achievable and If possible we need to stimulate the senses. What can our visitors see, hear, feel, smell and taste? At present it is not clear who our visitors will be, why will they come and in what numbers, where they are from
and what will interest them but based on previous studies on visitors to the coast it should be possible for Sefton Tourism to provide some predictions on this.
Future public Events are being arranged by Rachel Northover), including:-
Aug 1st -
August 4th or 5th -
Sep 9th -
Heritage Open Day. Sunday 9th September 2012
Subsequently many of the roomy properties built were taken over by charitable institutions and used for the benefit of poor children from Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and Bootle to provide seaside holidays during the period 1910-
A photographic display will tell the story of the area, and its philanthropic and environmental legacy. There will be several guided walks during the day. These will include (by kind permission of its owners), a look at a listed (Grade 2), late 19thC ‘Cottage’, a rare example of the work of Arthur Mackmurdo, a highly regarded member of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. There will also be an archaeological dig to examine the still intact remains of the lower ‘deck’ of the promenade now completely buried by blown sand. This event is being organised in conjunction with Sefton Coast Partnership, and for the proposed archaeological excavation, Mark Adams (Liverpool Museum).
Following the recent hasty relocation of most of our physical archives from Swift’s shop, where conditions were frankly appalling, Colin Cooke has kindly responded to a request for help and has already commenced an on-
In parallel with this Tony Bonney has offered to photograph the water coloured sketches as the colour rendition achieved by the technology originally available does not do them justice.
We continued to receive interesting e-