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Recording the changing face of Liverpool

26 August 2009 by Sam

a man painting in a derelict area of housing

Frank Green. Copyright Stephen Shakeshaft

The upcoming exhibition ‘Liverpool people by Stephen Shakeshaft’, which opens at the National Conservation Centre on 18 September, is bound to bring back a lot of memories for people who have seen Liverpool evolve since the 1960s. However Stephen wasn’t the only person documenting the changing face of the city, as this photograph from his archive shows. This one of a selection of images that didn’t quite make it into the exhibition itself that Stephen has kindly agreed to share here on the blog instead. He recalls:


“In a way we became unofficial archivists of the Liverpool scene. The post-war planners destroyed old Liverpool with a determination never matched by the Luftwaffe. Communities were wiped out. Slums went, but so did good houses. Folk songs were written about moving out to the housing estates in Speke and elsewhere. Uprooted families gazed from the windows of high rise flats.

The process was photographed by myself and painted by Frank Green. Our purpose was the same – to record the passing of the old city. This is Edge Hill as it was then. What would these houses have been worth today with modernisation and renovation?”

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