FACT’s Veterans in Practice programme has been working in partnership with Blind Veterans UK to take on the exciting job of creating audio content for both a walking and cycling trail of Anfield and Everton. Check out the final audio work created here
More about the trail areas and their heritage:
Anfield includes one of the best known football clubs, founded on the site of Stanley Park in 1892, the recently renovated Victorian Park, the Victorian Cemetery which once served as the burial ground for the whole city and rows of terraced streets. In the last ten years the streets, schools, shops, police stations and pubs which serviced the terraces have been demolished. It was once a place where rich (e.g. the mansion house of sugar merchant Henry Tate) and poor (the now tinned-up and soon to be demolished ‘2 up 2 down’ terraced houses) stood shoulder to shoulder.
Everton is an ancient settlement sited at the brow of a hill overlooking the River Mersey. It was a rural parish until the 18th century and a popular living spot for rich merchants. During the 19th and 20th Centuries, Everton became overcrowded by working class communities who moved there to work in the nearby industries. The mass clearance and displacement of the communities are a major part of the heritage of this area.
Everton Park now occupies the area where much of the housing once inhabited 128,000 people and this is now a hub of local activity, including a music festival, plans for a viewing station (due to panoramic views of city). There is a heritage trail in Everton, developed by Friends of Everton Park which takes in landmarks such as ‘Prince Rupert’s Tower’ (1787) an overnight lock-up once used to house drunks and lawbreakers, St Georges ‘iron’ Church (which is the site of Everton Beacon at the highest point in the original village), a 1814 church with ground-breaking iron ribs and Everton Library (there is currently a campaign to renovate).
Our Veterans have been busy visiting both areas and partnering with local historians and residents to explore the areas and select their final sites of interests and route for walkers and cyclists alike. Working with local artist Paul McCann from Twin Vision Photo, and with support from Does Liverpool’s Ross Dalziel, both artists and the Veterans have been working to create a host of soundscapes, oral histories and playful recordings to re-animate the heritage of Anfield and Everton.
Members of our Veterans in Practice group have also been buddying up with members of Blind Veterans UK to train up as Front Riders and Stokers for Tandem Bike riding, experiencing the cycle routes for our audio trail first hand.
Everton Walking Trail Anfield Walking Trail Cycling Trail