Last week I was in the fortunate position of taking photographs for the HeritProt conference taking place in Liverpool city centre. The HeritProt Project is a European Fire Safety project designed to share best practice in protected heritage buildings from the ravages of fire. The project was started following a devastating fire to an ancient palace in Tenerife which sent a shockwave through the rest of Europe prompting action to prevent any future losses.
As part of the HeritProt Project conferences have been hosted in Tenerife, Romania, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Hungary and Portugal, this month it was the turn of Liverpool to host the conference. Liverpool waterfront achieved World heritage status in 2004 including the historic buildings of the Three Graces at Pier Head, the Royal Liver Building, the Port of Liverpool building and the Cunard building.
The photographs include images taken both during the conference presentations and also during visits to the Liverpool Central Library and St George's Hall.
The conference was hosted on the waterfront at the Crown Plaza Hotel and amongst presentations from a number of high profile speakers. The key note speakers amongst others included Steve Binns, Community Historian for Liverpool, Dr David Flemming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, Steve Emery, Fire Safety Adviser form English Heritage, Stewart Kidd, Loss Prevention and Risk Management Specialist, Cllr Maria McEvoy, Heritage Champion for Liverpool. It also included presentations from local Fire and Rescue Services, Paul Murphy (HeritProt lead) and Ged Phelan from Merseyside and Mark Abram of Cheshire. The event was hosted by Richie Davis, Liverpool District Manager for Merseyside Fire & Rescue.