"university college liverpool" blog posts

The Leaning Tower of Liverpool

Posted on: 15 November 2022 | Category: 2022

Our iconic clock tower is part of the university’s flagship building and helps our visitors to locate us. We can be heard across campus every 15 minutes as our bells chime and mark the passing of time and in this blog we find out more about the clock, tower and bells on the 130th anniversary of the Jubilee Clock Tower’s opening ceremony.


The Slate Above the Tate

Posted on: 3 October 2022 | Category: 2022

New Slate waiting to be attached to Tate Roof

You may have noticed that our museum is temporarily closed. In this blog we take a look at the history of the Tate Hall Museum and also the current project to renovate the roof.


Heritage Open Days - The Wonderful World of Waterhouse

Posted on: 8 September 2022 | Category: 2022

Selection of Waterhouse Tiles

Our popular Heritage Open Day Tours introduce visitors to several buildings that Alfred Waterhouse designed initially for University College Liverpool in the late 1880s, up until 1904 when we became The University of Liverpool. These annual tours take our visitors into buildings that members of the public do not always get to see and this blog will give a brief overview of the Waterhouse buildings on campus.


ConGRADulations–Graduations at The University of Liverpool

Posted on: 18 July 2022 | Category: 2022

VG&M Graduation Artwork by Michael White

It’s July which can mean only one thing – Graduation! In this blog we take a closer look at some of the Graduation ceremonies over the past 130 years.


The Students and the Sphinx

Posted on: 21 January 2022 | Category: 2022

The Sphinx Magazine 1926 and an illustration of a student outside the Victoria Building, University of Liverpool Special Collections & Archives.

In our previous VG&M building history blogs, we have looked at the construction and opening of the Victoria Building so now we delve into the Sphinx Magazine to find out what the students really thought of their brand-new building.


A Warm Welcome with a Biscuit

Posted on: 10 December 2021 | Category: 2021

Victoria Building Evening Reception programme from the 14th December 1892

In our previous Victoria Building history blog we found out more about the construction of the Victoria Building and that after many delays, it finally opened publicly on the 13th December 1892. In this blog we find out more about the eventful opening ceremony that happened on the following evening.


Faience and Fiascos

Posted on: 12 November 2021 | Category: 2021

Faience Tiles from interior of VG&M

In our previous Victoria Building History blog we learnt more about the original college building which had opened in 1882 and was based in the old asylum building on Ashton Street. The college rapidly grew and it was not long before the inadequacies of the building became apparent and so in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the College launched a fundraising appeal for the erection of a purpose-built headquarters. The College’s Council asked Liverpool-born architect Alfred Waterhouse to draw up plans and in this blog we take a close look at the construction of the Victoria Building.


From Asylum to Academia

Posted on: 17 September 2021 | Category: 2021

The University of Liverpool Quadrangle with Victoria and Ashton Buildings

If you stand behind the Victoria Gallery & Museum in the university quadrangle you may not realise that the foundations of the first building on this site lie beneath your feet. An asylum was erected here in 1829 and served until 1881 where it was repurposed and converted for the use of University College Liverpool. In this blog post we take a closer look at this buildings history.