Centre Breathes Life into History; University Links Up with Partners for Study of 18th Century

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Byline: BY SOPHIE FREEMAN Daily Post Staff

THE UK's largest centre dedicated to life in the 18th century is to open at the University of Liverpool.

The research facility will work with city institutions including National Museums Liverpool and the 200-year-old private arts club, the Athenaeum.

Dr Holger Hoock, founding director of the new 18th-Century Worlds Centre, said the city's historic architecture meant it was the ideal home for the new facility.

"Liverpool was one of England's foremost Georgian towns, and much of its 18th and early 19th-century architecture has survived, including around Abercromby Square, where the university's Faculty of Arts is based," he said.

"These buildings give us a great insight into the lives of the people of this era."

Other city centre buildings of the period include the former Blue Coat School, Bluecoat Chambers, built in 1716, and the Lyceum, on Bold Street.

Designed by architect Thomas Harrison, the Lyceum was Europe's first lending library and opened in 1802.

The city's Royal Infirmary was founded in 1749 and in 1754 a new town hall was built.

Edge Hill station, built in 1836, is possibly the oldest station in continuous use and in its original form in the world.

The university's research will focus on the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural life of the 18th century, but there will be some cross-over into 17th and 19th-century studies.

Academics will cover research in the fields of history, English, modern languages and the classics. …