Edward Kemp Community Garden and Growing Area Volunteering Day

We are delighted to announce that Professor Robert Lee has released his book on a detailed history of Birkenhead Park – Birkenhead Park: The People’s Garden and an English Masterpiece. This new book is the first critical, comprehensive history of the first publicly funded park, globally.

 

Birkenhead Park Book Cover

Professor Lee’s work establishes the significance through his research of the park, emphasising the how Birkenhead Park was a pioneer in the development of urban public parks, designed for use by everyone. Birkenhead Park was labelled “the people’s park” and the book further describes how irrespective of social class, ethnicity or age Birkenhead Park become the local green space for health and wellbeing, for all. Additionally, Professor Robert Lee’s book celebrates the creative genius and design skills present in Paxton’s original design of Birkenhead Park. His work identifies the Park’s significant contribution to the public park development and nineteenth-century landscape history on both regional and international scales.

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The mayor, his wife and friends of Birkenhead Park presenting the book

The book is beautifully illustrated with 60 colour images, drawing on a wide range of contemporary material and the professional skills of local photographers.

Order your copy from Liverpool University Press through this link.

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The launch of Professor Robert Lee’s fantastic book was at Birkenhead Park visitor centre and was truly a beautiful event. With support from the Friends of Birkenhead Park and Liverpool University Press, Wirral Council and Birkenhead Park’s team were delighted to welcome attendees from across the country to celebrate Professor Lee’s exceptionally talented work.

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Book release presentations

Birkenhead Park: The People's Garden and an English Masterpiece Launch Event

Wednesday the 1st of May 2024 .

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Friends of Birkenhead Park presentation

Birkenhead Park: The People's Garden and an English Masterpiece Launch Event

Wednesday the 1st of May 2024 .

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A group socializing after the book event

Birkenhead Park: The People's Garden and an English Masterpiece Launch Event

Wednesday the 1st of May 2024 .

Get involved with the Borough of Culture celebrations 2024, hosted alongside Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ artwork installation.

We are looking for:

  • Cyclists/ cycle groups
  • Aspiring actors (no previous experience required)
  • Movement artists and community dance groups
  • Environmental artists and community groups
  • Singer songwriters and Choirs
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An enlarged Earth replica floating artwork displayed in a forest with a crowded gathering

The Earth "Gaia" Artwork Installation Event

Organized as a part of the Wirral Borough of Culture 2024 programmed events, Birkenhead Park will feature the artwork “Gaia” created by the incredible UK artist Luke Jerram from May 28th to May 30th. The floating Planet Earth replica measures seven meters across its diameter and slowly rotates like our Earth, allowing everyone to enjoy the detailed view of the Earth’s surface based on the 120dpi NASA imagery.

'Gaia' Event Information

Borough of Culture Opportunities 2024

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The pedaled Stephenson’s rocket replica.

28th of May - 30th of May 2024

Interested? The programme around Gaia is produced by outdoor arts organisation Walk the Plank.

Contact bev@walktheplank.co.uk more information.

We hope to see you here!

Contact Details

Be a part of Borough of Culture 2024.

Get involved.

This programme around Gaia is produced by outdoor arts organisation Walk the Plank 

Walk the plank grey logo 2024    Wirral Borough Of Culture Black logo 2024    Cool Wirral Climate Action logo 2024