Treasure Hunt launches Hidden Liverpool
On Saturday 17th August the launch of Hidden Liverpool was marked with a city centre Treasure Hunt. People of all ages explored empty buildings in the city whilst learning about their history.
From a starting point in the Bluecoat the treasure hunters were given clues that took them around eight buildings in the city centre, having to solve puzzles before moving onto the next building. All those that made it back to base were submitted into a prize draw and chance to win £100. Matt Cook from the Wirral was the lucky winner whilst a very excited Olwyn from Liverpool was the winner of the under 12’s category, a £20 book voucher.
Despite the rain there was a great turn out and people were full of enthusiasm for the event. As well as the Treasure Hunt people had opportunity to share their memories and add buildings on the Hidden Liverpool map. Younger children could also use their creativity to come up for ideas for one of Liverpool’s landmark building, St Luke’s Church, which included a palace for the new Prince George and a zoo.
Feedback from the day was very positive including; “Great, interesting and visually stimulating. A unique day out!”
Not only did people enjoy learning about their heritage, there was also other benefits. One participant told us: “I really enjoyed this walk. I have gained so much knowledge and made a new friend.”
The event was made possible through the support of 14 PLACED volunteers, who helped participants with their clues and provided more information about each of the buildings. One volunteer told us “I was able to see how enthusiastic the public are about the buildings in Liverpool. Everyone was full of positive feedback about the great things they had seen and were encouraged to learn more.”
An enthusiastic treasure hunter said at the end of the tour; “I thought I knew Liverpool but this hunt has given me lots more wonderful information. The staff and helpers were so friendly – I think they enjoyed it as well!”
PLACED Director Jo Harrop said “We wanted to launch Hidden Liverpool, our new project funded through by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with an event that was open to everyone and offered a fun way to learn about the city’s heritage. The feedback was wonderful and it was great to have so many people turn out despite the bad weather. A massive thank you to all of the team who made it such a success, and to the treasure hunters who got involved!”