We are delighted to announce the return of our successful heritage walks around Liverpool.
The walks are a great opportunity to re-connect with colleagues, increase your step count and get some fresh air, while discovering the history of local areas.
The walks are led by Martin Hudson, senior lecturer in The Business School and a registered blue badge guide. Martin said: "I believe it is important we understand an area's history as it helps us develop an appreciation of its identity, along with the culture of the people who live, work and do business in that location.
"It is about learning lessons from the past and taking them into the future. Our towns and cities are littered with examples currently where this has not happened and there are severe problems.
"Other areas where people have learnt from the past have communities and businesses that are successful. That is why I am passionate about managing place and place branding; I believe it is at the heart of civic engagement, one of the university's core values."
'City in miniature'
The first walk in the series will take place this week (Friday 25 June, 1-2pm) in Wavertree, described as 'a city in miniature'.
A previous attendee commented: "I thought it was really worthwhile; having been fully desk-based recently it was really good to get up and about.
"It was great to also meet people from other parts of the university that you would not normally interact with and the big plus was learning about the surroundings."
In these uncertain times, you may understandably have concerns about health and safety. However, we have put in place several precautions to ensure everyone is safe.
Walks have been risk-assessed and we will observe the current two-metre social distancing criteria.
We will also use the Vox Connect app, which connects your device to that of the tour guide, so commentary can be heard through personal earphones. Even though we will be outside, you are encouraged to wear a mask if you wish.
Walks are limited to 15 staff, allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note we will require a minimum of six people in order for the walk to go ahead.
This initiative supports LJMU's Health and Wellbeing Strategy.