Celebrating our Bicentenary

A message from the Vice-Chancellor

In July 1823 an institution was founded which became the catalyst for an educational revolution in the city of Liverpool. The Liverpool Mechanics and Apprentices Library evolved into the Mechanics Institute and through mergers and collaborative partnerships eventually led to the establishment of Liverpool John Moores University in 1992. In 2023 we will celebrate our 200th anniversary.

The original mechanics, our first students, were the people who made the industrial revolution work. The institute was the start of a movement combining intellectual rigour with practical skills, forging links between industry and technology; delivering learning with impact and promoting civic pride and social courage as an intrinsic set of values.

And today we remain true to this heritage. Our mission, rooted in our place in the city, the academic endeavours of our staff and students and the positive impact we have in our communities, continues to reflect our ongoing commitment to the transforming power of education and to the themes of innovation, aspiration and inspiration that have echoed across the last 200 years.

We plan to celebrate our 200th anniversary by celebrating our people, our students, our staff and our partners and community by telling their stories on these webpages.

So watch this space as we begin our countdown to 2023 – it promises to be fascinating.

Professor Mark Power: Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive