Might This Be Of Interest: October 2019

Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

There are two items which ‘may be of interest’ to report;


LMI Exhibition – Spanish Flu Event Day, 12 October 2019 

Our friends at the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI) are holding an exhibition on Saturday 12 October at LMI, it is free to attend and no booking is required. Full details of the event can be found at https://www.lmi.org.uk/spanishfluexhibition.


Mozart’s Requiem – 16 November 2019

In November, Proprietor Mr Lee Ward. will be conducting a concert at the Liverpool Cathedral with both the Liverpool and Metropilitan Cathedral Choirs and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Full details of the concert can be found below.




































Heritage Open Day 2019

Have you heard? The Athenaeum is opening for Heritage Open Day! ON Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September the Club will be opening its doors for two very special days! Many pass the Athenaeum’s Church Alley doorway without knowing what exactly it is, now’s your chance to come inside and discover The Athenaeum!

On Saturday 21st September we will be operating an ‘open house’, come down and enjoy our facilities from 11:00am until 10:00pm. The Newsroom will be open throughout the day serving fine food and beverage, why not unwind and relax in style in palatial surroundings? There are no guided tours taking place on Saturday, however, there will be members on hand to help anyone with any questions about the Club.

Also on the 21st, for the first time ever the Club will be offering a ticketed Afternoon Tea to the general public! This exclusive offering usually reserved for Members and is a Heritage Open Day first! Book your places now for just £19.99 per person. Afternoon Tea Service is available between 12:00pm and 3:30pm on the 22nd and is bookable either in person at the Club reception, or by calling 0151 709 7770. Payment is required in advance, tickets are subject to availability.

On Sunday 22nd September why not join one of the free guided tours and view the whole of our Institution whilst learning about its rich history and heritage? See the recently refurbished Library followed by a trip into the past via some of the treasures held in the Committee Room. These not to be missed tours are only open to the public once a year for Heritage Open Day, book your place now or you may have to wait until next year! Guided tours will be taking place every thirty minutes from 10:30am until 4:00pm and are bookable via email (reception@theathenaeum.org.uk), by phone (0151 709 7770) or in person at the Club. Due to popular demand, the following tours still have availability: 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm. Following the tour, guests have the opportunity to relax in our Newsroom and enjoy refreshments or food from the Club menu.

Sir David Maddison – Obituary in Yesterday’s The Times

In yesterday’s edition of The Times there featured a full-page obituary for our friend and Past President, Sir David Maddison. Sir David passed away peacefully earlier in July of this year, and we hope you agree that the piece, which can be found below, is a fitting tribute to a great man who will be sorely missed.









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The Athenaeum Members Get People’s Project Update










Everton CEO Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong were the special guests at The Athenaeum for a question and answer session entitled ‘More Than a Game’.

The event, held in the splendour of The Athenaeum’s library, one of the greatest propriety libraries in the UK, gave members of the 222-year old Liverpool institution an insight into Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and how a community-led legacy at Goodison Park could become an exemplar development.

Founded in 1797 The Athenaeum has remained true to its founding principles and the opportunities it provides for members to meet and enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances through a varied events programme. Addressing an influential audience made up of some of the city’s key business and legal minds Denise and Colin explained how a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will not only provide a platform for the growth of the Club but also have a transformational socio-economic impact on North Liverpool and the wider Liverpool City Region – delivering a £1 billion boost to the economy, the potential for up to 15,000 jobs, bringing 1.5million new visitors to the city and more than £237 million of societal value.

Guests also heard about Everton’s plans to respect and accentuate the maritime heritage of the dock site as well as how the Club plans to build on the life-changing and life-saving work of Everton in the Community to develop a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.

Stadium Development Director Colin Chong said: “We are currently embarking on our second stage public consultation and this has been an extension of that programme. It was a pleasure for Denise and I to be invited to The Athenaeum, such a historic institution in our city to talk to their esteemed members about our plans. The positive feedback we received tonight, echoes what we have heard throughout our consultation period. All the feedback we receive is invaluable to us and will be used in our planning application submissions, which are on track to be submitted before the end of 2019.”

Dr Gaynor Bresnen, President of The Athenaeum, added: “The Athenaeum has been at the centre of debate and decision making in our great city for more than 200 years.  We are delighted to have hosted Everton Football Club this evening and look forward to the positive impact that their Bramley-Moore Dock stadium project will have on the much-needed regeneration of North Liverpool.

The People’s Project second stage public consultation is currently touring the city region and will be visiting Goodison Park on Saturday 17 August and New Brighton on Sunday 18 August. For those unable to attend the roadshow the consultation will remain open until Sunday 25 August. All the consultation materials can be viewed online by visiting www.peoples-project.co.uk/consultation


‘More Than A Game’, with Everton Football Club













Exclusive Event at The Athenaeum

‘More than a Game’

Live Interview and Question & Answer Session with Everton CEO Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE DL and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong


Ahead of Everton’s first home game of the season, The Athenaeum has secured an exclusive live interview with Everton CEO Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale and the Club’s Stadium Development Director Colin Chong.

The exclusive event, available to Members of The Athenaeum, titled ‘More than a Game’ will take place in the Library on Thursday 15 August, at 6 for 6:30 pm.

Members will be able to hear more about Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and how Everton plan to build on its extensive work within the community to leave a lasting legacy at their current Goodison Park home.

Fresh from the launch of their second stage public consultation, which included the reveal of the latest design concepts for Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park, Everton is busy touring the city-region showcasing plans that will have transformational socio and economic impacts to not only North Liverpool but the whole of the Liverpool City Region.

The event can be booked via the Members’ Area or through reception and as places are limited early booking is recommended.


In association with Everton Football Club        


‘Reports From The Front Line’ – Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

Yesterday many across the world commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings. Often referred to as D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Normandy during World War II was the largest seaborne invasion in history and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Members of the Athenaeum and the Alexandrian’s of Merseyside, including the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell DL and former Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO, DBE, CSTJ, DL gathered at the Club for lunch to remember the occasion.

Further afield we were fortunate enough yesterday to be receiving reports from the front line by our own correspondent, Graham Burgess. Graham took part in a commemorative walk in Normandy with the Royal Marines, retracing the route taken by his father’s unit on that day 75 years ago – Royal Marines 4th Special Service Brigade.  Our thanks to Graham for sharing these bulletins, giving an insight into this Brigade’s journey, in what were some of the most important days in recent history.

  1. 07:32 – Landings began at Gold Beach, Jig Sector, by Royal Marines 4th Special Service Brigade. Heavy Fire from blockhouse and machine gun posts. Heavy Casualties. Much Equipment destroyed. Hand to hand fighting. Beach no yet cleared.
  2. Heavy shelling onto beach and at approaching landing craft. Mortars firing constantly.Heavy equipment losses very heavy. Block house on beach holding out. Very heavy fighting here. No tanks have landed successfully yet.
  3. Small breakthrough in beach defences made at 9:30. Advancing to rear. Heavy shelling and machine gun fire. HMS Fury has moved in shot giving direct supporting fire.
  4. Small groups are infiltrating behind defences. Blockhouse on beach causing heavy damage to approaching vessels. Still no tanks. Crossroads 300 yards from beach occupied preventing enemy reinforcements access to beach.
  5. Moving out of Asnelles towards Rodeo.
  6. At Pint, 2 miles inland of Le Hamel. Taking fire from bunkers on hill at Arromanches. Advancing towards rear Arromanches
  7. Grid Reference 01595 – 37704. La Carrefour. Light resistance, small garrison surrendered.
  8. Preparing to attack Point 54. With Dorset Regiment. Hidden bunkers encountered. Heavy machine gun fire.
  9. Point 54 taken. Les Mont de Ryes. 1 killed, several RM light wounds. 7 enemy killed 24 captured. Further bunkers in tree line under attack towards Arromanches.
  10. Moving on La Rosiere
  11. Approaching Tracy-sur-mer
  12. Attacking La Rosiere. The Assembly Area for 4th Special Service Brigade. During the approach an enemy officer on horseback rode up and demanded the Royal Marines surrender. He was shot dead. Heavy fighting house to house in village. Stubborn resistance.
  13. Heavy fighting at La Rosiere. An enemy convoy intercepted at crossroads. Captured vehicles weapons, troops. During that attack the diversion was used to mount an assault on village. Enemy surrender. 20 prisoners taken. 1 RM killed, 11 wounded
  14. Heading north from La Rosiere
  15. Passing inland of Longues-Sur-Mer. Just captured enemy Sgt Major on bicycle heading to meet his girlfiend in a brothel at Ouistreham. Reached Abbeye de Longues just south of Longues-sur-mer. Monks have thrown open their abbey for wounded. Several wounded by shu mines outside village. Intermittent fire from Longues sur mer. Re-arming and replenishing ammunition.
  16. Fire fight near La Buherrie. Brief opposition overcome. No casualties
  17. Chateau le Busq. Believed to be enemy communications centre. Found to be refugee centre for Spanish Fascists.
  18. Objective in sight. Port en Bassin Heavy fire from both sides.
  19. Probing towards Port en Bassin. Several hidden bunkers, trench system, and 2 flak ships moored in port. Flak ships laying down heavy cannon fire. Responding with own heavy machine guns. Port heavily defended
  20. Capture of Escures just inland of Port en Bassin Three troops assaulting Port en Bassin.  Two troops laying down fire on flanks. Royal Navy bombarding Port fir one hour. Air attack by Typhoons timed for time of assault.
  21. Outside western Port en Bassin a bayonet charge over 200 yards of open ground by 20 Royal Marines broke through enemy defences allowing entry into port area.
  22. Beg to report Port en Bassin has surrendered


A ‘Heist’ At The Athenaeum…?!?!?

Staff were greeted to a shock this morning upon the discovery that our grand Presidents’ Board, located in the entrance hall, had vanished! Initial reports pointed to daring heist by a Past President who had recently suggested the board would look good in his new kitchen, but after thorough interrogation the suspect cleared his name, confessing that he ‘had only stole a biscuit from the Newsroom but not the Presidents Board’ as it ‘wouldn’t fit in my pocket’…. The mystery continued!


The board -a who’s who of Liverpool life during the Club’s existence, from Roscoe to Doctors Currie and Duncan, to Chavasse and in more recent times Colonel ‘Paddy’ Bryson to Elizabeth Christie (HH Judge Steel) just to name half a dozen- has been a discussion point within the Institution as of late as following our current President, David Roscoe’s name being gold leafed into Athenaeum history there was no more room for future Presidents. What are we going to do next? Shut up shop after 222 years? Not a chance. Perhaps commission a thinner board to be made to go alongside the current board? Hmm, maybe. What about commissioning a new similar board? I suspect the President’s would look a little lonely for a few years before it began to be populated. For a moment, however, the question what were we doing next was overshadowed by ‘what are we going to do NOW?’

The solution to what we are doing now and next conveniently was the same, and it lay at our reception in the form of a receipt for ‘the collection of one honour board’ from Master Craftsman, Neil Wyn Jones. Proprietors may remember this name as he is the gentleman who built the Monsarrat Cabinet located in the aforementioned room. The Presidents’ Board thankful had not become the spoils of a daring raid on the premises, but in fact is on its way to a workshop for some magic to take place before it returns ahead of the AGM on July 3rd, where our third female President, Dr Gaynor Bresnen, will be added to the board, the very same board that the names of all our Presidents before her reside!

Might This Be Of Interest: Liverpool Mozart Orchestra

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

The below event is not affiliated with the Athenaeum, however, has been organised in conjunction with a Proprietor.

This Saturday, 23rd March, the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (whose players include Proprietor Mr Howard Rogers) will be performing at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, 17 Shaw Street, L6 1HP.  The concert starts at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm.  The evening is entitled French Influences and will include Sibelius (Pelleas et Melisande), Chopin (Piano Concerto No.2) and Poulenc (Sinfonietta).  Tickets are £15 for adults, £13.50 Senior Citizens, £5.00 17 and over in full-time education and FREE for 16 and under.  Full details at www.livemozart.com

Might This Be Of Interest: Cambridge Society of Liverpool

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.


The Cambridge Society of Liverpool

Part of the University of Cambridge global alumni network, Liverpool “Camsoc”, meets around once a month, offering a variety of events to alumni, their friends and family. Events and activities have included: monthly networking drinks, Freshers “Welcome to Cambridge” event in September, The Athenaeum Annual Quiz,  Athenaeum Debates: “Is free speech still alive in universities” and the Secret Gardens of Oxton.

Our next events are:

A private view of the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool University, followed by lunch at the pen factory, Saturday 6th April

The Secret Gardens of Oxton Sunday 12th May

Summer drinks evening, The Club House, Liverpool One, Thursday 13th June

Please contact Georgina Ritson (Proprietor) for more information:  camsocliverpool@gmail.com



With thanks and best wishes