State of the City Archive

A day, each year, to say, ‘I care about where I live’


State of the City 2 was held on the 21st June 2014, organised by Merseyside
Civic Society, with support from the Bluecoat, Liverpool Architectural Society
and Friends of the Earth Northwest.

The venue was the Bluecoat, the oldest building in the City Centre. An Arts
Centre for many years, it acts as a link between the older shopping centre
and the new Liverpool One. Introducing many people who would not normally
go to an ‘Arts Centre’ to its exhibitions music and theatre, the whole building
is welcoming and the garden is a lovely place to sit down in the heart of the

The event was described as a free, family-friendly fun day at the Bluecoat,
open to everyone to enjoy the atmosphere and activities in and around the
Bluecoat and to become involved in the themed discussions.
The overall theme of the discussions was ‘Joined-up’, with its many structural,
social, ecological and environmental implications – in particular, the ‘joinedup’
architecture of terraced housing. In discussing ambitions for a healthy and
sustainable city, our aim was to identify key projects to take forward next year.


SOC 15 State of the City – Empty Spaces Healthy Places – Saturday 20 June at the Bluecoat Liverpool

With two national awards for community participation, Merseyside Civic Society annual civic day event, State of the City at the Bluecoat has become an acknowledged nationally important inclusive event.  Its ongoing programme of development through local networks encourage and increase participation in activities throughout the year.

This year, in partnership with Friends of the Earth and the Liverpool Architecture Society, Merseyside Civic Society plans to build even further on the success of previous Civic Days in 2013 and 2014 creating a programme for all ages and interests.

On the day,  residents will have the opportunity to meet to discuss the state of their city, develop ideas, plan actions and make new friends.  There will be  lots of creative activities for all ages, together with workshops, entertainment  and good food!

Residents from across Liverpool City Region are invited to:

  • get involved in planning the day
  • come and share with residents from other places how they and their communities make happy places!
  • bring friends and family to experience the day
  • examine and develop ways they have changed negative spaces to healthy places
  • enjoy the entertainment, good food and meeting people who share similar concerns

Presentations and Workshops

To increase awareness of existing and planned actions towards the “Empty Spaces Healthy Places Campaign, Merseyside Civic Society will again develop a series of presentations and workshops with broad appeal.  The programme will be announced at the end of April.

Bringing Lego Liverpool to life!

Children and young people will be encouraged to bring their own creative skills to design and build “happy places”.

Lego’s programme of education and responsive actions on climate change provide an opportunity to demonstrate sustainable building solutions.

With the support of Lego, Liverpool Architectural Society, Friends of the Earth and RIBA, a programme of activities will be on offer throughout the day.


Civic Day provides an opportunity to promote a range of products and services of benefit to residents and their communities.    In previous years, exhibitors have included:

  • Civic Voice
  • Friends of Williamson Tunnels
  • Granby Toxteth Development Trust
  • Liverpool CAMRA
  • Liverpool Parks
  • Liverpool City Region Civic Societies
  • Merseyside Transport Trust
  • MITE Mission in the Economy


An eclectic range of music and entertainment forms part of the day’s programme from quiet listening to joining in singing and dancing in the Courtyard!

Supporting Civic Day 2015

To increase awareness of the benefits which accrue to residents through participation in Civic Day and by joining in their own local community activities during the year, Merseyside Civic Society in partnership with Friends of the Earth and Liverpool Architecture Society is inviting Liverpool City Council to support a cross party motion for:

  • Civic Day – affectionately known as SOC15 to be declared a Liverpool Annual Event
  • Cabinet Members will be invited to support promotion and join in activities on the day
  • City Region Councillors to publicise in local wards
  • City Region Councillors to encourage residents to take part in the day’s activities

Promoting Civic Day 2015

Merseyside Civic Society has invested in developing a new website to profile its activities, using social media to enhance communication and provide a showcase for Liverpool and its City Region

Publicity material will be prepared for distribution throughout the City Region and promotion activities to raise awareness through events, PR and social media.  SOC15 Sponsors will benefit from visibility on promotional material, through the lead in profiling and exhibiting on the day.

Merseyside Civic Society will exhibit at the Lord Mayor’s “Volunteering” day on 5 March at Liverpool Town Hall to raise awareness of local community volunteering programmes and Civic Day.

Together with Civic Voice, Merseyside Civic Society will exhibit at REGEN2015 the National Regeneration Exhibition and Conference at St George’s Hall Liverpool on 24 and 25 March to raise awareness of civic societies programmes in Liverpool City Region and across the country.


For further information on how to get involved, please contact us

Merseyside Civic Day 2014