We have commissioned a report and strategic plan to support the conservation of our magnificent building
Any building, especially one of such size and grandeur, needs to be kept constantly under review. This is especially true in the case of Liverpool Cathedral, which is approaching its centenary and the first of the major cycles of repair and maintenance that occur naturally to buildings approximately
every hundred years. In this context, this Conservation Plan, in conjunction with the Cathedral Architect’s Quinquennial Inspections, represents a great stock-taking exercise, the first to be undertaken at the Cathedral since it was completed. It provides an opportunity to assess and summarise what is known about the building, including its artefacts and setting, and to examine how it should be cared for at this important moment in its history.
At the heart of this process of review is the attribution of significance, not just to the building but its constituent parts such as the stained glass, sculpture and organs. The significance of much older cathedrals has generally been well tested over time, but at Liverpool, this process is only just beginning.
People are conscious that what was achieved in building the Cathedral is of international importance but this has yet to be fully articulated in detail. This Conservation Plan offers a first engagement with the matter of significance, which no doubt will be amended as more is learned about the building and opinions on it evolve.