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Works to futureproof St George’s Hall

ONE of the grandest ceilings in the country is getting some much-needed TLC to futureproof its heritage for residents and visitors.

For the first time in more than 70 years, the ceiling in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall’s Great Hall is being lovingly restored by a team of specialists. They are scouring every inch of the barrel-vaulted ceiling to identify and remove loose paint work, check the plaster is in good condition, carry out remedial works and re-paint any areas which need some additional attention.

As one of the most iconic buildings in the world, St George’s Hall is a focal point for heritage and the essential works will ensure it remains the jewel in the city’s crown and a venue residents can continue to be proud of.          

Hankinson Group – a specialist conservation company based in Birkenhead – has a team dedicated to scaling the 82-feet in order for them to work on the 145-feet-long, 72-feet-wide ceiling. The restoration is expected to be completed by the end of May and is costing around £250,000 – using city council ring-fenced funding designated for improvement works at the Hall.

Despite the ongoing work, the rest of the Grade I  listed building remains open to visitors. To find out more about what’s going on at the Hall, or to book tickets for The History Whisperer experience, visit

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