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The Hope Street Papers (Liverpool), 1999-2001

HOPES: The Hope Street Association, the not-for-profit arts and regeneration organisation of which I was the founding and continuing  (honorary) Chair from the mid-1990s until around 2010, when most of our work had been done, held a number of regional and national conferences and meetings in Liverpool during the run-up to the Millennium and the years immediately thereafter. The purpose of these events was to examine and refine the concept of developing Hope Street as a Quarter – a cultural and knowledge hub which would be of enormous benefit overall to the Mersey region, the City of Liverpool and, very importantly, to the people who live and work in or nearby (e.g. Toxteth) the Quarter itself.

One of the major outcomes of these events organised by HOPES was the Hope Street Papers of 2000 and 2001.  (The essence of the 1999 Conference is attached as an Appendix to the Year 2000 Papers.)   These papers were presented by a number of very significant players in the regeneration and cultural fields; our sincere thanks to them all.

We were of course particularly delighted that Chris Smith (then an MP and Secretary of State for Culture; now in the Lords) wrote an introductory piece for the HSP2000 in which he acknowledged the work and progress we were making.

Whilst we were unable, despite serious effort, to find a formal publisher for these Papers – the significance for the Hope Street Quarter of which was probably not then recognised – they were published in a draft ‘handout’ format, and circulated widely.

I was the initiator and Commissioning Editor of these materials, which comprised the texts which, along with a Postscript by Joe Riley [see also below], then Arts Editor of the Liverpool Echo, now follow:


Art at the Heart

~ the Role of Established Cultural Quarters in City Renaissance

>> Here is the text of the HOPES Millennium Commission Presentation
(London, 22 September 2000)

Appendix 2 [below] refers to the proceedings of the Hope Street Conference, 1999. 
Please note: the first line of the paragraph on Conservation and Development should read ‘…(HOPES Chair) and Louise Ellman MP (Liverpool Riverside…’

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Nurturing the Best

~ a consideration of issues around the retention and attraction in the NorthWest of England of Exceptionally Skilled Future Leaders (ESLPs) – that is, those young people who in the next generation will be extremely high flyers across the knowledge economy

With thanks to all contributors:

David Ainsley, Prof John Ashton, Jo Beddoe, Cllr Gideon Ben-Tovim, Arthur Bowling, Pamela Brooks, Chris Brown, Hilary Burrage, Dr Ray Buss, Graham Carswell, Gerald Cary-Elwes, Monsignor Peter Cookson, Shona Coppin, Prof Cecilia Crighton, Prof David Dunster, Louise Ellman MP, Mark Featherstone-Witty, Graham Frood, Richard Gant, Hannah Groth Larsen, Richard Gordon-Smith, Sabine Kazich, Graham Lee, Prof Lewis Lesley, Dr Rob MacDonald, Charlie Parker, Sandra Parr, David Scougall, Karen Sims-Neighbour, Tony Siebenthaler, Bill Skilki, The Rt Hon Chris Smith, Adrian Simmons, Peter Steniulis, Alistair Sunderland, Robin Thomas, Dr Emlyn Williams, Tony Woof

Many thanks also to Dr Rob MacDonald for the inspiring graphic  (map) above and to Shona Coppin the wonderful visioning artwork below, created  way back in 1996:

>> Also, here’s a very kind Postscript in 2006 from Joe Riley, who was Arts Editor of the Liverpool Echo for many years….

>> And, in chronological order to follow Joe Riley in 2006, a final word from Jim Gill who was (in 2007) Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision:

Liverpool Vision’s Jim Gill Reflects On Hope Street Quarter.

Please see also:

HOPES and Glory (Liverpool City Council’s acknowledgement of HOPES’ work.)

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