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Our Bowring – a Community Archive

by Laura Johnston

Locals are urged to get involved with a community archive project documenting the heritage and history of Bowring Park and the local Huyton area.

‘Our Bowring’ – part of the £2 million restoration of Bowring Park funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and made possible by National Lottery players –  will create a comprehensive record of historical documents, oral history recordings, images and artefacts that tell the story of the park and its origins through to present day.

Knowsley Council’s Culture Development and Events Service is developing the Community Living Archive and is inviting people to get involved and share their memories.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:

“The ‘Our Bowring’ team can’t wait to hear more of your stories and memories.  They will be attending the Knowsley Flower Show at Court Hey Park on Sunday 6th August, between 11am-5pm.


“If you have any stories, memories, pictures or artefacts, or even if you just want to learn something new about the park, then please come along and find them in the Community Marquee.”

There will also be a sharing day on Friday 18 August when anyone with artefacts, photographs or stories can come along to the Huyton Gallery at the Huyton Library and donate them to the ‘Our Bowring’ team.

Alternatively, you can share your memories and pictures by e-mailing daniel.pendleton@knowsley.gov.uk or calling 0151 443 5617.

In 1906, Alderman William Benjamin Bowring gifted the Roby Hall Estate to the city “for the use of the inhabitants of Liverpool for all time.”  It officially changed its name to Bowring Park at an opening ceremony in 1907 and in his speech, the Lord Mayor, Mr John Japp, commented that “Mr Bowring had done something which would live in the memory of all Liverpool citizens for all time. It was the citizens not of today, nor of next year, but of many years to come, who would enjoy these beautiful fields.”

That is why the project has chosen the name “Our Bowring”.  This project, along with the park, belongs to everyone.  This resource aims to reflect the memories and experiences of the people the park has served over the years.

You can also share your memories and pictures over social media; you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There’s also more information about the project and the restoration of Bowring Park on the Restore Bowring Park website.