Crisis Skylight Merseyside clients go underground to discover Liverpool’s history
A group of homeless and vulnerably housed clients discovered history beneath their feet when they visited the famous Williamson Tunnels in Edge Hill, Liverpool, as part of Crisis Skylight Merseyside's Summer School programme earlier this month.
Planned by Functional Skills Co-ordinator Pauline Carney-Broster at the suggestion of one client who had previously visited the site, the trip proved an intriguing day.
The Williamson Tunnels were built between 1805 and 1840 by Joseph Williamson, a 19th century tobacco entrepreneur and form an underground labyrinth; the tunnels are of various sizes, with the longest stretching over 21 metres.
The visit was described as a “brilliant and fantastic day”.
The group also visited Liverpool’s Old Dock located beneath the newly built Liverpool One shopping centre. The well preserved Old Dock was built 300 years ago and is the length and width of four football pitches.
Crisis Skylight Merseyside’s outreach services operate within hostels, day centres, and other locations in local communities across Liverpool, St. Helens, and Birkenhead.