St George's Hall, Liverpool

Change project:

The small concert room at
St George's Hall, Liverpool

Built between 1841 – 1855, St George's Hall was designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes while Charles Robert Cockerell created the interior of the Small Concert Room. The magnificent neoclassical decoration of this room has been restored to its original scheme and the fittings and services updated as part of a £23 million project to restore the whole building.

Project overview

This project neatly bookends WMF Britain’s life, as it was effectively the first project we took on. In April 2007, HRH Prince of Wales inaugurated the Small Concert Room. His original request for assistance for St Georges Hall in 1990 had been honoured. Read more


St George’s Hall was constructed at a time of great mercantile prosperity and was intended to serve as a civic icon for the city of Liverpool. St George’s dominates the acropolis of civic edifices that greets the visitor as they emerge from Lime Street Station. Read more

I was impressed by the immensity of the task of restoring the huge and beautiful St.George’s Hall in Liverpool – one of that city’s great neo- classical monuments. I wanted to see the Concert Room properly conserved so that the city will have a splendid room for small scale musical recitals. I am glad my Challenge Fund worked well in leveraging local support and that the Hall is back in regular use

Robert Wilson, Major Donor


Lat: 53.4103, Lon: -2.9856


Location: Close to Lime Street Station in Liverpool
Project dates: June 2004 – June 2006
WMF Britain project cost: US $500,000 towards the total cost of the Small Concert Room which was £2,815,387
Links: To find out more about visiting St Georges Hall look at Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture for 2008.
Key Funders: The Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Mersey Television Co Ltd among others


Project partners and conservators

Owned by St Georges Hall Charitable Trust
Project Managers – Graham Boxer, Liverpool Culture Company
Architects – Michael Morrison, Purcell Miller Tritton
Quantity Surveyor – Cyril Sweet Ltd and Davis Langdon Llp.
Principal Contractor – Mowlem Plc
Specialist Contractors - Jane Davies Conservation, Paint Analysis; Roy Hankinson Ltd; David Thelwell and Sebastian Wakefield, specialist decorators; Wilkinson’s Plc Chandelier Manufacturers