Reconnections: Land, Water, Cities and Heritage Conference

19th-20th October 2015, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool

Reconnections is a FREE two-day conference organised jointly between Liverpool City Council and Maritime Heritage Trust, in conjunction with Belfast and Cardiff City Councils, and is the first of a trio of conferences.

Day 1 is concerned with the approach of how ideas of identity, place and cultural heritage can play a part in development and regeneration projects that help preserve distinctiveness. Connections refers to the thread of cultural heritage from the past through to the future of cities like Liverpool, Belfast and Cardiff – all three of which are planning major projects. The day begins with a keynote address from Professor Richard Williams, and will explore the key themes, and this is followed by case studies from each city. John Belchem will speak on Liverpool’s roots and development, and Alona Martinez-Perez will re- examine the ‘Guggenheim effect’ of Bilbao and assess its impact and relevance now. Pete Swift will talk about ‘Liverpoolness’ and how its key characteristics have informed plans for the city centre extension of Liverpool Waters.

You can join us for just one or both days; the programme and booking information can be found at