History, Liverpool Interest

Slavery and arms: Britain and America’s Civil War – In Conversation with Jim Powell & Meredith Wheeler

Before its civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of the raw material for Britain’s largest industry, the cotton trade. During the war, this fell to almost zero. Jim Powell’s new book Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War examines what happened to this trade and to the Liverpool cotton market, its beneficiaries and … Continue reading

History, Liverpool Interest

How British cotton affected America’s Civil War – In Conversation with Jim Powell & Meredith Wheeler

Before its civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of the raw material for Britain’s largest industry, the cotton trade. During the war, this fell to almost zero. Jim Powell’s new book Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War examines what happened to this trade and to the Liverpool cotton market, its beneficiaries and … Continue reading

History, Liverpool Interest

Liverpool and the American Civil War – In Conversation with Jim Powell & Meredith Wheeler

Before its civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of the raw material for Britain’s largest industry, the cotton trade. During the war, this fell to almost zero. Jim Powell’s new book Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War examines what happened to this trade and to the Liverpool cotton market, its beneficiaries and … Continue reading

History, Liverpool Interest

British cotton and the American Civil War – In Conversation with Jim Powell & Meredith Wheeler

Before its civil war, America supplied 80 per cent of the raw material for Britain’s largest industry, the cotton trade. During the war, this fell to almost zero. Jim Powell's new book Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War examines what happened to this trade and to the Liverpool cotton market, its … Continue reading

Liverpool Interest

A History of Liverpool’s Courtyard Housing with Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart discusses her recent book -Courts and Alleys: A history of Liverpool courtyard housing. 

I’m fascinated by court housing! Courts are a form of high density, poor quality housing which was home to many thousands of Liverpool people from the 18th to 20th centuries, and are the subject of my new book. As Liverpool grew in the 18th and 19th century, spurred by trade through its docks, new homes were constructed at a rapid rate, including thousands of small back-to-back houses off courtyards - court housing. I’ve spent many years researching court housing since my work developing the reconstructed court at the Museum of Liverpool.