The Havard Room
A window into Liverpool’s History
The Havard Room was officially opened by Liverpool’s Mayor Wendy Waller on Liverpool’s 210th Birthday, the 7th of November 2020.
This exhibition space located on Level three of Liverpool Library has been named the Havard Room after local historians Ward and Olive Havard. Ward was the Liverpool Historical Society’s foundation President in 1959 and his wife Olive the inaugural Research Officer. Olive went on to succeed Ward as President after his death in 1965 for another 20 years. Havard Room was officially opened by Liverpool’s Mayor Wendy Waller on Liverpool’s 210th Birthday, the 7th of November 2020.
The main ongoing exhibition is The History of Liverpool in 60 Objects. The magic number 60 was chosen as the society celebrated its 60th birthday in 2019 and Liverpool, its 60th birthday as a City in 2020.
The objects selected had to best reflect the social development of Liverpool throughout its long timeline, from an Aboriginal grinding stone to a convict made brick recovered from the lost 1830s Sophienburg Estate and an entry token to the Liverpool Memorial Olympic Pool to the very personal such as Merv Pickering’s Liverpool Bowling Club hat. They each tell their own story of Liverpool’s Government, educational, business, sporting, religious and social institutions.
‘New Arrivals’ is an ever changing exhibition of recently donated items to the Society placed in prams and bassinets at the front of the room.
The third exhibition is What has the Smart Phone Done for Us? The smart phone has revolutionised our lives. This tiny technological device has now superseded much of how we used to do simple day to day tasks. The items on display from the Liverpool Historical Society’s extensive collection demonstrate the scale of the changes.
The Historical Society is grateful for the support of Liverpool City Council for the provision of the Havard Room exhibition space and Community Grants that allowed us to procure the display cabinets and mannequins on display.