Exclusive look inside the Athenaeum


For a couple of years now, we’ve offered walks for staff, led by Martin Hudson, Lecturer from the School of Business and Management, who is also a Blue Badge Guide in his spare time.

We have explored the areas surrounding Exchange Station, both Libraries in the city centre, Byrom Street, Redmonds and IM Marsh. 

We received great feedback from previous wellbeing walks, so from the New Year, we are planning a walk every month, at different locations.

For December we have arranged something a little different, with a special visit to The Athenaeum. With over 200 years of history, it is a haven in the heart of Liverpool that offers a distinguished setting and an atmosphere unrivalled in the City. Originally a meeting place where ideas and information could be exchanged in pleasant surroundings, today, it continues to provide this facility in the elegant building near the Bluecoat Chambers, Church Alley.

Ian Gould-Jones, University Timetabling Manager, who recently became a member explains:

"The Athenaeum has a rich cultural and civic history, and is a great place to attend events and meet people from all walks of life. William Roscoe was one of the founding members and active within the ‘abolitionist movement’ during his time there. It has worked hard to shake off its undeserved reputation as a ‘stuffy gentlemen's’ club, and women’s membership is significant and increasing - with several female presidents in recent years. There is lots to be involved with in terms of art, history and general culture and the building is perhaps one of the most beautiful and welcoming spaces within the City. Everyone is given a warm welcome and it is a great place to either relax, study or meet friends."

The visit lasts an hour and a half with a tour of the building including the Library, which houses over 60,000 volumes, and we will have an opportunity to look at some of their most treasured pieces. Finally, we will be shown into the Newsroom, where mince pies and hot drinks will be provided, with time for further discussion about its significance in Liverpool’s history. 

  • Date: Wednesday 11 December 
  • Time: 12.30pm
  • Meeting point: The Athenaeum

If you would like to join us, please email Liz Cousins to book your place. 
NB Please be aware, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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