Excursions to Liverpool
Neil Deane, native Liverpudlian, has been ferrying Anglophone Studies students across the Mersey for over ten years now, attempting to enlighten them on the wonders of Liverpool during which they encounter all shades of Liverpool culture, including the good, the bad and the wonderfully ugly. They return to Germany changed people, vowing to return one day to show their own friends, family and dependents what makes Liverpool the amazing place it is.
It all started in 2008 when Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture. Deane convinced the University to support the idea of an excursion and now it has become an unbeatable August tradition. Since then, generations of students have been finding out how and where the Beatles started, where the famous Reds play and what the locals do in their spare time. “Learning by doing” is one motto of the excursion (The other one is: “Wenn du Angst hast, bleib zu Hause”) and the students do just that in six action-packed days of discovery, adventure, fun, fresh air and intoxicating Scouse hospitality.
Here you can read more about our numerous past excursion to Liverpool!
A different format this year: instead of 2 groups of 8 students, we had 16 students with one extra day. In other words, from Thursday 28 July until Tuesday 2 August. The historical monument tour took place in the late afternoon of 28 July to ease the packed programme on Friday 27 July.
This also meant that half of the students were accommodated in the traditional “Wellington” public house and the other half in the “Hatters” hostel in the centre of town. Both groups were happy with their accommodation.
Another interesting fact was that the tours of the Town Hall and the Walker Art Gallery were no longer free of charge-proof that Britain was trying to save money in harsh economic times.
Same procedure as last year, with a few changes: the Cain’s brewery tour was left out in order to give time to explore the ever-expanding Liverpool waterfront and multifarious museums and monuments with the help of the “learning-on-the job guide”, Neil Deane. A new tour was discovered of the Town Hall in the very capable hands of an official Liverpool historian, Steve Binns. This year we had 6 members of staff with us with various partners (and children) and students who were not part of the official group. Group 1 consisted of 20 people. “The more the merrier!”
Mistakes made in that first excursion were rectified in the second excursion in 2009 (again two groups) and this core programme for the following years organically came into being: Also the contribution made by the Department of Anglophone Studies was increased, thus providing a total of 150 Euros per student for the excursion.
The whole idea of an excursion to Liverpool was born when my home town was awarded the title ”European Capital of Culture “ in 2003. Money was generously donated by the Department of Anglophone Studies and the Dean’s office and we set off at the end of the last week in July 2008 with 2 groups of 8 students. True pioneers, led into the unknown by their unwavering “Exkursionsleiter”! Here are the two pioneering groups and some of the magnificent sights Liverpool has to offer.