Liverpool lands EU funding for heritage initiative

City the only one from UK to be given money under plan to develop Europe’s historic city centres

Liverpool has been chosen as the UK’s first ‘heritage role model’ as part of a drive to develop Europe’s historic city centres.

The city is the only UK entrant on the 10-strong renewable heritage in creative knowledge economies, called ROCK, programme and will receive €10 million in funding from the Horizon 2020 programme – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme .

The funding will be used to promote the city’s unique assets and develop community engagement around its World Heritage Site (WHS).

ROCK-funded activities will include initiatives to increase participation such as a citizen/youth board, volunteer programmes and social and wellbeing projects hosted at the grade I listed St George’s Hall.

The funding, which is to be to be approved by the city council next month, coincides with a five year review of Liverpool’s WHS which found that £427 million has been invested in heritage buildings with 18 listed buildings within the WHS refurbished or brought back into use since 2012.

Work on a further 19 listed buildings in the WHS area is on site.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “This funding will allow us to invest in radically improving our marketing and interpretation of our key heritage assets to residents and visitors, which will help further fuel our global appeal and booming tourism economy.”

The city, which is home to the most listed buildings of any UK city outside London, joins Bologna, Athens, Lyon, Lisbon, Turin, Vilnius, Eindhoven, Skopje and Cluji as part of the ROCK cities across the continent.




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