To mark its 85th anniversary, Merseyside Civic Society (MCS) is pleased to present two talks in ‘Liverpool in the 1930s’ and ‘Growing Up in a Mixed Heritage Family’.

Professor John Belchem, current chair of MCS, explores the 1930s which were critical in Liverpool’s downward trajectory as the local unemployment rate remained resolutely above 18 per cent, double the national average. The hardship notwithstanding, Merseyside was not designated as a depressed area. Disadvantaged in the new economic geography of interwar Britain, Liverpool sought somewhat belatedly to redefine and reposition itself. The requisite adjustment was hampered by several factors: residual ‘heritage’ pride in the former maritime mercantile second city of empire; continuing cross-river and wider regional geo-political tensions; backward-looking sectarian city politics; and intensifying racial disharmony aggravated by eugenics and social science. Such was the context in which the Merseyside Civic Society was formed.

Growing up in a mixed heritage family in L1/L8’ Community activist, Ray Quarless, explores his family lineage from his Great Grandfather’s arrival in Liverpool from Jamaica in 1868 to the current time. With Liverpool having a Black presence for over 300 years, it’s imperative to recognise its significance to the social, cultural, political and economic development of the Liverpool City Region

Event Timings: 5.30pm for 6pm – 7.30pm

Please reserve your place by contacting [email protected]

Event Date: Wednesday 11th October 2023

Categories: Black History Month | Heritage

Contact Details: Merseyside Civic Society

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