Invite for New Trustees – St George’s Hall Charitable Trust

St George’s Hall Charitable Trust is on the hunt for new members to help shape the future of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings.

The trust is dedicated to conserving, restoring and developing the Grade I listed venue – with a focus on raising funds which can be invested in projects to sustain and improve the Hall.

They are looking for new members to join its board, bringing skills such as:

  • Knowledge of heritage
  • Fundraising skills
  • Strategic organisation, design and development
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Ambassadorial skills

The new recruits will be part of a team delivering the Hall’s development strategy.

This strategy aims to make it an internationally recognised UNESCO World Heritage destination, improve accessibility, upgrade areas such as the heritage centre, develop an education centre, invest in additional art galleries and refurbish St John’s Gardens.

It also aims to safeguard the physical assets of St George’s Hall, including the restoration of the Minton tiles and the Willis organ. There is also the ambition to create new statues commemorating achievements by Liverpool women, joining the Kitty Wilkinson tribute in the Great Hall.

Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 12 April 2019, and anyone interest in applying for the voluntary roles should submit their CV and a covering letter to [email protected] or call 0151 233 0470 for more information.

Interviews to be held on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

History of St George’s Hall

Built in the early 1800s as a space for music festivals and the Civil and Crown Courts, St George’s Hall has always been at the heart of community life in the city of Liverpool. The Hall was designed initially as a music venue by a very young architect, Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, when he was just 25 years old.

Those who designed, built and funded this extraordinary building, sought deliberately to lift the human heart beyond the here and now, beyond the everyday and the ordinary.

Since its opening in 1854, St George’s Hall has entertained millions of people; when visitors step through the door of this magnificent building, most people do two things – first of all they lift their heads and then immediately after doing this, they say “wow!”

St George’s Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and is widely regarded as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in the world, reopened in 2007 by Prince Charles after a £23m refurbishment programme.

Behind the gold leaf and porticoes, the Hall has one of the greatest brick arches in the world and houses a priceless mosaic floor of 30,000 tiles, arguably the best preserved example of a Minton floor in the world.

The Hall is also home to a concert organ complete with 7,000 pipes, beaten in size only
by the one at the Royal Albert Hall in London and at Liverpool Cathedral. But more importantly than all the big numbers, the people of Liverpool love this building; it is a place of celebration, congregation and commemoration.

The Plateau to the front of the building has always been a place of gatherings. It is the place people come to when they want to unite as a city. Moments include events following the deaths of the Beatles members John Lennon and George Harrison; the homecomings of Liverpool and Everton football teams after Cup Final victories; the People’s Opening of our European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, when Ringo played from the roof of the building.

St George’s Plateau has also been the place for people to gather following the Hillsborough Inquest verdicts; whether to remember the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, or to mourn for the victims of global tragedies.

It is a building of beauty and grace and is the beating heart of the city of Liverpool and its people.