Transmitting ideas of empire
Representations and celebrations in Liverpool, 1886–1953
in The empire in one city?
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This chapter examines the various representations of empire in some of its public buildings and statuary. It outlines the celebrations of empire from Queen Victoria's visit to Liverpool in 1886 to Elizabeth II's coronation. The chapter reviews the related aspects of Liverpool's imperial culture, formative influences such as children's literature and text books, public lectures and forms of entertainment. It considers that Liverpool had a particularly warm, as well as merely functional, relationship with empire. The late Victorian period forms a prelude to the first period which the chapter examines in some depth, the years 1907 to 1913. The association between imperialism, monarchy, patriotism and militarism intensified, reaching a peak with the 1913 Exhibition and royal visit. Queen Elizabeth's coronation in June 1953 was much more of an imperial, or more accurately Commonwealth, occasion, reflecting the character of the ceremony itself in Westminster Abbey.

The empire in one city?

Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

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