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.
Liverpool Cathedral has been a nesting site for a couple of Peregrine Falcons over many years and we have been working to make sure they have a great environment to live in. Their presence around our building presents us with the challenge of preserving a protected species with maintaining a historic listed building. The cathedral architecture has suffered from many years of damage from a build-up of guano. So we have tried to learn from the falcons’ behaviour over many years to encourage them to parts of our building where they can thrive and be protected. This includes creating a nesting box which we hope they will thrive in. We will also hope to use this to help us ring the chicks and provide valuable scientific information about their breeding patterns.
We have consulted with wildlife experts, including the RSPB, on a solution that we hope provides a safe environment for the birds but protects the rest of the building from the damage their activities cause. We have carried out this work away from their nesting season and tried to create a fresh welcoming environment for them.
Managing this is a complex undertaking however we will work to encourage the falcons into their new home and we will provide updates as and when we have them.
Liverpool Cathedral is the data controller. This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. Liverpool Cathedral comprises Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral Enterprises Ltd
Your Personal Data: What is it and what do we collect?
Personal data is information that can identify you. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. This can include information such as name, address, email address and any other information you provide when contacting us or filling in forms on our website- for example when asking or registering about our events, subscribing to newsletters, making donations or ordering products from our shop. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence or interaction. We will also collect data on how you use our emails – whether you open them, and which links you click on. When using our website your IP address and details of which version of web browser you used is also collected and other statistical data about our users’ browsing actions.
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Your contact information will be retained in accordance with the UK Government COVID-19 guidance. This information may be shared with NHS Test and Trace if required. Further information can be found here
Personal data created by your involvement with us
Your activities and involvement with us will result in personal data being created. This could include details of how you’ve helped us by volunteering or being involved with our campaigns and activities. If you decide to donate to us then we’ll keep records of when and how much you gave and what you gave for.
Information we generate
We conduct research and analysis on the information we hold, which can in turn generate personal data. For example by analysing your interest and involvement with our work we may be able to build a profile which helps us decide which of our communications are likely to interest you. The Profiling section gives more detail about how we use information for profiling and targeted advertising, including giving you more relevant digital content.
Information from third parties
We may buy anonymous external data (e.g. census data, Experian MOSAIC, TGI) and combine it with your personal data at an aggregated level to build profiles which help us work out what you’re most likely to want to hear from us about and how.
Sensitive personal data
At times we’ll collect sensitive personal data for Equal Opportunities monitoring and safeguarding purpose.
Volunteers and staff
If you’re a volunteer or staff member then we may collect extra information about you (e.g. references, criminal records checks, details of emergency contacts, medical conditions etc.) This information will be retained for legal or contractual reasons to protect us (including in the event of an insurance or legal claim) and for safeguarding purposes.
How we process your personal data
Liverpool Cathedral complies with its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
We use your personal data for the following purposes:-
To administer membership and supporter records;
To fundraise and promote the interest of the cathedral
To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid);
To inform you of news, events, activities, appeals and services running at Liverpool Cathedral you have requested, or we feel may be of interest to you;
To fulfil contracts made with you e.g. online purchases and bursaries;
To keep records of your contact preferences;
To enable us to provide a volunteer service for the benefit of the public
We may share you contact details with the Diocese of Liverpool’s office where we hold jointly run services, events or activities so that they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
We process personal information for legitimate business purposes, which are not limited to but include some or all of the following:
Where the processing enables us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services
To identify and prevent fraud
To enhance the security of our network and information systems
To better understand how people interact with our websites
To provided postal communications which we think will be of interest to you – keeping you informed about news, events, fundraising activities, appeals and services at Liverpool Cathedral
To determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns and advertising
To contact supporters via surveys to conduct research about their opinions of current activities and services of Liverpool Cathedral or other potential new activities or services
We also process personal information for certain other obligations, where processing is:
Necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
Necessary for the performance of a contract or to take steps to enter into a contract
Necessary for compliance with a legal obligation
Is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
Necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of the official authority bested in the data controller
Carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided:
The processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes);
We know its importance to our supporters to use our resources in a responsible and cost-effective way. So we may use automated profiling and targeting to help us understand our supporters and make sure that:
Our communications and services (e.g. our website) are relevant, personalised and interesting to you
Our services meet the needs of our supporters
We use our resources responsibly and keep our cost down
We may also gather additional information about you from external sources, for example: updates to address and contact information or publicly available information regarding your health, earnings and employment at an aggregate level. We may use this information to assess your capacity to support us and invite you to do so.
This analysis may be carried out by us or by third party organisations working for us. We may also host encrypted personal data on third party websites (e.g. social media platforms) to ensure you only see relevant, personalised and interesting content from those organisations.
Whenever we process data for these purposes we will ensure that we always keep your Personal Data rights in high regard and take account of these rights. You have the right to object to the processing of you wish and if you wish to do so please contact us at the details at the end of the policy. Please bear in mind that if you object this may affect our ability to carry out the tasks above for your benefit.
Sharing your personal data
We will not under any circumstances, share or sell your personal data with any third party for their own marketing purposes. We may share your data with third parties where they are processing your personal data on behalf of Liverpool Cathedral (for example, in the distribution of a mailing).
Where your data is processed outside the EU on Liverpool Cathedral’s behalf, this is only done where we have established that adequate safeguards are in place, for example, participation with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.
We may also share your personal data where we are required to do so by law, for example to make a Gift Aid claim to HMRC.
How long we keep your personal data
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Chapter and Verse: The Care of Cathedral Records” which is available from the Church of England website:
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:
The right to request a copy of your personal date which Liverpool Cathedral holds about you;
The right to request that Liverpool Cathedral corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Liverpool Cathedral to retain such data;
The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing
The right to object to the processing of personal data
The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact Liverpool Cathedral at GDPR@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or 0151 705 2112.
We hope to be able to resolve any complaints about our privacy notice directly with you. However, if you feel this has not been achieved, you can contact the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on 0303 123 1113 or online at https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email or by post to the ICO, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Justice & Mercy
As a city Cathedral, it is not surprising that we seek to serve the city. As a community of faith, driven by our understanding of biblical teaching, it is not surprising that we seek to support the poor and those on the margins.
Slavery Truth Project
Slavery Truth Project
Thanks to the work of the volunteer interpreters (The Cathedral Guides) led by Brian Dowling and the Cathedral archivists led by Val Jackson, Liverpool Cathedral company is able to tell a story of the way the Cathedral was built, the people who financed the building and the many artefacts that are dedicated to our benefactors. Liverpool Cathedral acknowledges that we have historical connections with slave traders and the wider slave economy. This is a part of our past that we are not proud of and we are working with the Diocese of Liverpool’s Slavery Truth Project to identify these connections, scrutinise them and explore reconciling ways of responding to our contested heritage.
The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to more people knowing Jesus, more justice throughout the world. Liverpool Cathedral is a place where we seek Justice and Mercy. This includes the fight against racism and all forms of prejudice. In the last few years, these challenges have become more widely acknowledged than ever before – the rapid expansion of the global Black Lives Matter movement and the tearing down of memorials dedicated to slave owners have positioned that fight for equality and understanding firmly in the public square.
The ‘Triangle of Hope’ reconciliation project is led by Canon Mal Rogers MBE (Vicar of Huyton Quarry, Area Dean of Huyton and The Bishop of Liverpool’s Canon for Reconciliation). The Triangle of Hope is recognised nationally and internationally for the work it has done to make the history of slavery known. Its focus is on making connections between historic and modern forms of slavery and racism on the one hand, together with robust theological reflection on the evils of slavery and a capacity building focus on the other (that God calls and equips each person to make a difference) has resulted in many Christians, including scores of young people, being mobilised as Christian activists.
This is most evident in our Cathedral life in the missional community Tsedaqah where young people gather from Ghana, Liverpool and the USA – and live in a house on Lady Chapel Close. Canon Ellen is a trustee of this community and Canon Mike and Dean Sue have close connections. Many community members have also become part of our cathedral company over the years.
The image above is Sankofa from the Twi (Akan) language found in Ghana and other parts of Africa. This is the Slavery Truth Project motif. And as such is also the image that the Cathedral is using as part of our work as we seek to interpret our contested heritage.
Sankofa literally means, ‘reach back to knowledge gained in the past and bring it forward to the present in order to make positive progress’ The King of Ghana, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, has given his blessing to the Diocese (through The Triangle of Hope) to use this and other Adkinra symbols in its reconciliation work.
This interpretation of contested heritage does not simply focus on historical appreciation. The Slavery Truth Project is about facilitating learning and nurturing spiritual growth, that the present and the future can be better interpreted and transformed according to the way of Jesus.
That we can do more to work towards racial justice and engage with the realities of our contested heritage. There are many of us in our Cathedral company and those who visit who remain ignorant of the trade in enslaved Africans and how the church here in Liverpool was complicit. Our churches and Cathedral, in similar fashion to many locations in our city region, provide homes to trophies from this triangle of despair.
So, together, as a Cathedral company, we need to find a way of educating and engaging in both the historical roots of racism and the present-day challenges so that this opportunity for mission, justice, spiritual growth, vocational discernment and mobilisation isn’t missed.
Progress on Cathedral Slavery Truth Project
Over the years many people have written about the Cathedral’s contested heritage. Most of this work is already in the public domain, and Val Jackson has a significant amount of archive material. The recently published book Two Triangles is a good place to start in terms of your own research on the slave economy in Liverpool Diocese – and it contains some information about our cathedral. This book is available in the Cathedral shop and there will be a copy available for reference on the welcome desk.
Cathedral Chapter has accepted the principles of working set out within the Slavery Truth Project.
In Oct 2020 Cathedral Chapter agreed to use the principles and practices of the STP to enable dialogue, explore how we might interpret historical antecedents, promote reconciliation and discover how we seek racial justice into the future.
We appointed a project lead for the Slavery Truth Project on 2021. Thanks to the then Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, we have been able to appoint Adeyinka Olushonde to begin the project. Adeyinka works one day a week on the whole project – the cathedral is just one of 5 places of worship engaging in the project. Canon Ellen is the contact person who is leading on this for the Cathedral. This work fits into a portfolio of social justice work for the diocese and the one day a week she works on leading our cathedral commitment to justice and mercy.
Canon Ellen is chairing a working party of staff and volunteers that will hold the work, establish timescales for delivery and direct the activities of the project.
Three notices acknowledging historical connections with slave traders and the wider slave economy have been placed in the cathedral.
Set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and St Bride’s, Micah Liverpool helps people out of poverty. Currently, the charity is working with those who are unemployed or need food or related assistance to tackle hunger in an emergency situation.
Our Employability Programme
Through a variety of volunteer roles at Liverpool Cathedral and building partnerships with employers, the Micah Liverpool Volunteer Programme works with people who are long-term unemployed.
Each volunteer in the Programme has the opportunity to receive our support over 10 weeks to improve their skills, confidence and readiness for work. Our ‘Recruitability’ training and by completing vocational qualifications in health and safety, emergency first aid and food hygiene, enables our volunteers to feel in a better position to look for and find work.
While we believe that no-one in our area should be in poverty or be without food, we know many local people face problems either feeding themselves or their families.
Micah Liverpool operates two pantries a week providing three days of emergency food for each guest who comes along to help alleviate the issues people in poverty and hunger face.
The Parish Church of St Vincent de Paul
Pantry Session: Tuesdays 10:30 to 12:30
St Brides Church
Pantry Session: Thursdays 10:30 to 12:30
Need our support?
If you need to find out about our foodbank
0151 702 7206
07932 842 337
Our Modern Slavery Statement
Our Modern Slavery Statement
The Cathedral has made a commitment to transparency over modern slavery
Liverpool Cathedral is a place of encounter. Built by the people, for the people to the glory of God. We believe everyone will encounter: inspiring Christian worship, a breath-taking experience; a community committed to justice and mercy; a safe, generous place in joy and sorrow; a dynamic community of staff and volunteers and a God who knows and loves you.
Liverpool Cathedral is committed to ensuring the business and its supply chains are free of slavery. Liverpool Cathedral acknowledges its responsibility to comply with all principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”). This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Act. It constitutes The Diocese of Liverpool’s slavery and human trafficking statement and policy statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2017. It covers the activities of Liverpool Cathedral and its wholly owned subsidiaries: Liverpool Cathedral Enterprise and Liverpool Cathedral Foundation
Our Supply Chain
The Act applies not only to Liverpool Cathedral employees but also to suppliers, sub-contractors and other business partners. There is corporate commitment within The Diocese of Liverpool to legal compliance, ethical standards and fundamental human rights.
Liverpool Cathedral will not knowingly support or deal with any businesses involved in slavery or human trafficking. Procedures are in place aiming to minimize the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain and we encourage staff to report any concerns about modern slavery and child and forced labour.
We are assessing our supply chains and will remain vigilant in making decisions/collaborators by seeking confirmations and commitments as to the absence of these practices in their businesses.
We regularly review our procurement process and are in the process of developing specific measures and policies to ensure that our obligations under the Act are passed through our supply chain.
A copy of this policy statement, a full copy of the Act and a simplified overview will be accessible to all employees electronically on Liverpool Cathedral Intranet. If any staff are concerned that modern slavery or human trafficking is taking place in our business or major supply chains they should raise their concerns to the Chief Officer or immediate line manager.
This statement will be reviewed annually and published on the Liverpool Cathedral website.
This statement has been approved by Liverpool Cathedral Chapter and the Dean of Liverpool.