Film marks 120 years of Victoria Building


The Victoria Building was completed in December 1892, at a cost of £54,000

Honorary graduates, staff and friends of the University marked 120 years of the Victoria Building with the showing of a film at a dinner at St Georges Hall as part of this year’s graduation celebrations.

The film, produced by the University’s Corporate Communications team, explores the building’s history, the people that have passed through its doors, and what it means to Liverpool today.

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Opened on 13 December, 1892, the Victoria Building inspired the term ‘redbrick university’ which became synonymous with the late 19th Century civic universities. At a cost of £54,000, raised through public support and donations from sugar refiner, Henry Tate, it housed the administration of the University, a library, lecture theatre, as well as teaching and common rooms for staff and students.

As the University expanded over the years, the building was only seen by students sitting exams in Tate Hall, but in 2008, against the backdrop of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations, and with public and city support, the building underwent a £7.5million restoration programme to transform it into a gallery and museum to house the University’s art and heritage collections.

Now in its 120th year, it is a gallery, museum, cafe, conference and wedding venue and enjoyed by staff, students and visitors to the city.

5 thoughts on “Film marks 120 years of Victoria Building

  1. Samantha Martin

    Arthur, thank you for your comment. We used two pieces of music for the Victoria Building film. It opens with Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis and ends with Opus 68 from Symphony No 6 by Beethoven.

  2. Arthur Garnett

    Well Done Corporate Communications a superb bit of film making, combining the beauty of a wonderful building and the achivements of the Nobel prize winners ,I hope this will be permanantly screened in the VGM with its soundtrack playing for its visitors to hear, great choice of music sits with the images so well

    ps, what is the title of the music I would like to get a copy

    1. Kirsty Hall

      Arthur, we will be showing the film at various times during Liverpool’s Heritage Open Month this September. The film showing will take place in the Leggate Theatre.

      Kind Regards, Kirsty Hall, Education Officer VG&M

  3. Eddie Stanley

    Definitely the jewel in the crown as far the University’s building stock goes. Both the external and internal features are a pleasure to behold.

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