Designed by Alfred Waterhouse (architect of the Natural History Museum and the Prudential Assurance Building in Nottingham) this Grade II listed building was constructed in 1885-6. The insurance provider Prudential commissioned the building as its regional offices.
Made of red brick and terracotta the tower was added in 1904.
The Cunard War Memorial is on the west side of the Cunard Building and is a memorial to Cunard employees killed during the First World War, and then the Second. Designed by the architect Arthur Davis it was built around 1920 although it wasn’t officially unveiled until the next year by the Earl of Derby.
The Cunard Building is a Grade II listed building at Liverpool’s Pier Head – with the Royal Liver Building and Port of Liverpool Building it is one of Liverpool’s Three Graces. Construction of the building was commissioned by the Cunard Steamship Company in 1914 and building was completed in 1917.
The Port of Liverpool Building is a Grade II listed building at Pier Head in Liverpool near the Liver Building. Constructed between 1904 and 1907 for 87 years it was the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board head office. It was designed in an Edwardian Baroque style made of Portland stone.
The Royal Liver Building is a Grade I listed building at Liverpool’s Pier Head. In 1907 the Royal Liver Group decided it needed a new headquarters and the Pier Head was chosen with building beginning in 1908 and the official opening taking place in 1911.
Oriel Chambers is a Grade 1 listed building in Liverpool that was built in 1864 from a design by Peter Ellis. It’s a particularly striking building and one of the first office buildings in the world to use an iron framed structure – possibly an inspiration for New York’s skyscrapers.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the Museum of Liverpool but actually it proved to be my favourite of Liverpool’s museums. Opened in 2011 it is apparently the largest newly built national museum in the UK for more than 100 years, and I admit the building’s design was a major reason why I decided to go inside.
The International Slavery Museum opened in 2007, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain and is the only museum of its kind to look at both historical and contemporary slavery. It is housed on the first floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and therefore has free entry.
There’s a good choice of free museums and art galleries at Liverpool’s Albert Dock and the first one I visited was the Merseyside Maritime Museum which focuses on the port of Liverpool, life at sea, and of course the Titanic.