THE city council has created a new role – Head of Heritage Preservation and Development – to manage, curate and promote its historic assets and to act as a champion for the city’s heritage sector.
Despite the loss of World Heritage status in July, Liverpool’s sites have never been in better condition with more than £1bn invested in historic buildings over the past 15 years.
Now the city council has appointed Alan Smith, who has been involved in operations and management of the city’s Grade I listed St George’s Hall since November 2007, to the new role.
Alan’s goal will be to support the preservation, protection, improvement and enhancement of all of the council’s heritage assets and historic parks.
His primary focus will be on the stewardship of St George’s Hall, Town Hall and Croxteth Hall. He will also be tasked with leading a team to devise a new arts strategy for the city’s collections, and a new fundraising strategy as well as curating an events, engagement and education programme to showcase and celebrate the city’s heritage to audiences of all ages.
Alan, who has helped transform the fortunes of St George’s Hall over the past decade into a major events space and wedding venue – and is currently overseeing the introduction of its new DCME funded digital visitor platform, the History Whisperer – will also be designated the role as the city’s official historian.
The 59-year-old, who was educated at Derby and Liverpool Universities, with a degree in geography and a masters in tourism and leisure management, will also play a fundamental role in liaising with regional and national partners in the heritage sector, as well as community groups across the city.
Alan, who grew up in Tuebrook and Breck Road said: “I’m beyond thrilled to have been given this role. I’ve experienced with my own eyes and ears what heritage means to the people of Liverpool and to visitors at home and broad having had the sheer joy and privilege to be manager of St George’s Hall this past decade.
“Liverpool is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in Europe, in every aspects of the arts, and its collection of over 2,500 grade1, 2* and grade 2 buildings, monuments, and green spaces places it as one of the historically richest cities in the world.”