Archive for May, 2007

‘Portobello Road’ plan for Bold Street

Bold Street has been in the news again this week. Jessica Shaughnessy writes a lively piece for the Liverpool Daily Post on plans to transform Bold Street ‘Portobello Road’ style.

“Under a programme of events being put in place by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the city could see a series of small festivals, including in Concert Square and the Albert Dock as well as a gay parade.” 

Read the full article on the Daily Post’s website.

Caffeine Fix (for Alicia)


Caffeine Fix (for Alicia)

Ironic that we spend the odd lunchtime sat where Ruth and
Nichola once worked and where I’d arrange to meet them for lunch

As we partake in our caffeine fix occasionally glancing through
coffee shop steam towards the windows overlooking Bold St

Trading news like pioneers hitting the West for the first time
safe in the knowledge that friendships can remain rooted

despite year long silences and lost addresses emerging into
afternoon light with work calling and poetry needing to be

typed up the world being a better calmer place because of an hour
and a half sat amongst clattering coffee cups and shared memories

by Andrew Taylor.

A poem a day for Bold Street

We are lucky enough to have local poet Andrew Taylor’s work to share with you.  Liverpool-based poet Andrew Taylor often uses Bold Street within his work and we are pleased to be able to present a selection of his poems here on the Bold Street Blog. We have quite a selection, so we’ll be publishing a poem a day! The first  installment coming soon!

You can find out more about Andrew at:

Different views of one Street

I have been using YouTube to upload and share videos from the project. Also however I have been using it to find videos of Bold Street made by other people. It’s amazing; so many views of one street. I found buskers, people on nights out, football fans, shoppers and ‘mysterious silent movies’ all on, from or about Bold Street. I have added them all to the Bold Street Playlist on YouTube.

With a bit of luck all you need to do is click the link above to play, or alternatively click here.

Bold Street on the Big Screen


In our quest for Bold Street Stories we’ve put a call out on the BBC Big Screen in Liverpool City Centre. Patrick made a quick movie to be displayed on the Big Screen,…. it’s live, and it seems a lot of people have Bold Street Stories to tell.

We’ve had over 60 phone calls today! You can see the ad on YouTube, or click above to play it.

Sneak Preview - The Bold Love Story


This is the first still hot off the press from the Emily Voelker / Young People animation film shoot. The plot is a tragic love story about two characters torn apart but reunited with tragic consequences………

Big thanks to Microzine on Bold Street for allowing us to film in their premises. Filming will continue tomorrow.

Bold Street Virgins

Recently FACT was visited by a group of 30 European delegates from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. The delegates are Gallery Educators and for many it was their first time in Liverpool. Sensing an opportunity to get a unique view of Bold Street we armed the group with digital cameras, mini-disc recorders and video cameras to capture their first impressions of the street. The content created will be available in the exhibition.

It was really fantastic to capture these first experiences and many in the group were struck by the street’s architecture and vibrancy. If you were one of the delegates please get in touch with your comments.

Have you recently visited Bold Street, what were your over-riding impressions?

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Soundscape from Chris Watson

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This one’s from the archive. It’s a recording / soundscape from Bold Street featuring a local busker. It’s made by artist Chris Watson in 2004 as part of “A Winter’s Tale”.

“If you worked on Bold Street, you were someone”


The quote above is taken from an interview with Myra Smith who worked in JG Mann Ladies Hairdressing Salon between 1947 -1954. Myra gave a colourful account of her time working with the highly glamourous and sometimes famous clientele of the time. She spoke about the hairdressing at the time and how it has changed significantly, in particular shampooing techniques!

Do you work in a hairdressers? Has the industry changed?
Did you get your hair cut at JG Manns?

Get in touch.

Did you know?


We have been uncovering lots of fascinating information during our months exploring Bold Street. Recently, we uncovered the story of Henry Park (1745-1831) an eminent surgeon responsible for pioneering surgical work in the field of amputation and the preservation of limbs. He also was a prominent doctor delivering babies all over the city including the prime minister of Britain William Gladstone. The house, on the corner of Newington and Bold Street was erected by Park in 1788 making it possibly one of the oldest in the street. It is now converted into shops. Imagine the sights that the building has seen! (see shop above, Parks house as it appears today.)

Football Madness

Bold Street was awash with red shirts last Wednesday (May 23rd) as Liverpool took on AC Milan in the Champions League Final. The street was buzzing from early in the morning until late at night as football fans from all over the world converged to cheer on the reds. A great atmosphere! Pity about the result!

Animating Bold Street

Today film-maker Emily Voelker has been joined in FACT by a group of young people from North Liverpool’s Positive Future Community Group. The group aim to create animations using Bold Street as an inspiration. For many in the group this will be their first experience animating and they will be hard at work for the next three days creating sets, characters and stories.

Images of the work will be available shortly and the full animation will be on display when the exhibition launches on the 29th of June.

The Bolder They Walk


tenantspin has commissioned internationally renowned film makers Kim Ryan (gente hermosa), Chris Bernard (Letter To Brezhnev) and Alex Cox (Repo Man) to create a film for Bold Street.


The filming has taken place, and the film “The Bolder They Walk” is now in the post production phase; and will be ready for public viewing as an integral part of the Bold Street Project launching in FACT June 30th.

3_kimalexchris_blog.jpgThe film is part of the “Radical, Free Thinking Bold Street” theme. Images from the film set (Bold Street) are available here. Larger versions available on Flickr.

Audio Tour…A sneak preview

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Artist Roger Hill has been busy creating an audio tour of Bold Street. Designed for the International tourist and the Bold Street community alike, Roger takes us on the first of two audio strolls down Bold Street, reflecting upon its portrayal of the city at large and its delicately balanced economy and infrastructure. A 30 second sneak preview is already available here. (Click on the player above).

Online History: An Anomaly


As we create a new history of Bold Street online, we’re using a variety of tools to help us create a mesh of content, tags, references and data. And sometimes, the unexpected happens….

Today I noticed a comment posted on one of the ‘History of Bold Street‘ images we have posted on Flickr. The comment, quite rightly points out that Flickr states the image was taken in 2007, but clearly the image is from (sometime around) 1974. Thanks or the tip ‘abnsinoan’ and we will now make sure we set the right ‘Date Taken’ on our Bold Street images. Corrections on those pictures coming soon!

This simple data error highlights the issues around creating online content “retrospectively”. Online spaces are designed around a continual content evolution, rather than archiving of past work, and as such a few things don’t quite fit. Of course we can manipulate Flickr to display the right date ‘after the event’, but this anomaly shows how the online space is geared to the process of continually archiving as we go along, creating an evolving history that writes itself. It is as if these online spaces we participate in, do not need to be archived, as they create an ever-evolving, self-referential archive just by existing and collecting and tracking every single interaction that takes place within them. This made me realise how important it is we keep the Bold Street content online for many people to write, share and enjoy.

Reader Feedback

The Bold Street Project Blog has not been launched long and already we’re getting brilliant feedback from our readers in Liverpool and further afield. Visitor levels are on the up and are set to rise dramatically next week as we start to promote the project. Feedback so far is helping us gather new content and improve the blog in general.

One reader from outside Liverpool suggested we added better ‘Contact’ information, and suggested we add a page of team profiles so we can see who’s who! Nice idea; we are hopefully going to add pictures of the team next week, and the new contacts page is live already. Another reader, inspired by the photo of Cafe Berlin wanted to see what was at No77 today; we aim to please, so Laura and Patrick went out to see; Yums!

Send us your feedback and we’ll be sure to include it!


Keep an eye out for the Bold Street Postcard which is now in circulation around Liverpool…..hold onto these, they may become collectors’ items one day.

77 Bold Street is now….


In response to a question about 77 Bold Street, formally Cafe Berlin, the current occupier is YUMS Restaurant, server of Korean foods.

Mmmmmm. all you can eat!

Former Bold Street Worker


Doreen Preston gave an insightful interview about her work in Clay & Abrham pharmacy which was located at 87 Bold Street. As a 19 year old in 1945, Doreen describes a very different Bold Street to the one we know today, she gives vivid descriptions of fleets of nannies with silver cross prams parading the children of the wealthy.

Doreen’s interview will be available in full very soon.

Interview with Doris Mercer


We’ve been interviewing some interesting Bold Street characters over the past few weeks including Doris Mercer who worked on Bold Street between the 1930’s and 1960’s. Doris worked in the La Kabala, Sissens and Fullers during Bold Street’s glory days as a hot spot for the wealthy. The interview will be available very soon.

If you worked in any of these establishments or know Doris, please get in touch.

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