Events and Meetings


23 March 2021 5.45

Standing in Docklands History

Online  |  FREE

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Opening the door for all to Merseyside’s’ contribution to the growth and character of Britain’s development.

Harvey Dodgson, Founder of Prospice 21 (P21) and designer of the Old Bootleians’ Docklands Trail, will give a presentation covering the establishing of the charity P21 and its tourist attraction, the Docklands Trail (DT). 

Harvey Dodgson was born in Bootle and went to the now defunct Bootle Grammar School.  Harvey left Bootle for London University in the 1960s. Work in the UK Computer Industry for ICL, now Fujitsu, led him to live and work in the USA. Subsequently, Harvey had various international Divisional Marketing Director jobs while based in the UK.  At the end of his corporate career, Harvey became a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London. 

It was his attending a 100th anniversary of the Old Bootleains (OBs) in 2012 that gave rise to his establishing Prospice 21 and within it the Docklands Trail. Harvey admits to this event causing him to want to give back to his town of birth – by creating projects to contribute to the regeneration of Bootle. The heart of the idea has been the involvement of range of OBs using their career skills in support of local community groups and in business projects such as the DT. 

The plan for the DT is eventually to tell Merseyside’s contribution to Britain’s development through the stories of six docks – Waterloo, Stanley, Huskisson, Canada, Gladstone and Seaforth. Central to the project is the use of shipping containers to house the graphic story-telling of each site. 

The major start has been the establishment of a site at Collingwood Dock telling the stories of Waterloo and Stanley Docks.
The site is opposite the Titanic Hotel on the Dock Road.  

The Collingwood display illustrated below in particular celebrates the life and contribution of Jesse Hartley, who designed and buillt all the original Liverpool Docks north of the Pier Head. Just one small example is his building of the Victoria Tower, also known as the Dockers’ Clock – clearly visible from the DT site at Collingwood Dock. 

The meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed a couple of days in advance to those registering using the Eventbrite link below

Zoom Call opens: 5.45pm
Presentation at 6pm

All welcome: This is a free event for MCS Members and Non-Members

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Go where the public have never been allowed before.

 Visit the Old Bootleians Prospice 21 Docklands Trail.