Liverpool is to receive more than 400,000 euros after being named one of 10 ‘heritage role model’ destinations in Europe.
The money will be used to help residents and tourists engage more with the city’s unique assets and Mercantile World Heritage Site (WHS).
Liverpool City Council successfully bid for the Horizon 2020 funding through the ROCK (Renewable Heritage in Creative and Knowledge Economies) programme, which examines how cities can use heritage as a powerful engine for economic growth.
The money, set to be approved by the council’s cabinet in February, will fund initiatives such as a citizen/youth board, volunteer programmes and social and wellbeing projects at the Grade I-listed St George’s Hall which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its £23 million refurbishment in April.
New signage will also connect the waterfront to key historic sites including Liverpool Town Hall and St George’s Hall.
According to the local authority, the cash boost coincides with a five-year review of Liverpool’s WHS which has found that £427m has been invested into heritage buildings and a further £245m of refurbishment projects are on site and in the pipeline.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Receiving this European funding is a huge coup for Liverpool and demonstrates how highly the city is internationally regarded in the way it protects its heritage.
“This funding will allow us to invest in radically improving our marketing and interpretation of our key heritage assets to residents and visitors, which will help further fuel our global appeal and booming tourism economy.”
Other European cities to secure a share of the funding include Bologna, Athens, Lyon, Lisbon, Turin, Vilnius, Eindhoven, Skopje and Cluji.