New Exhibition: Liverpool University Press: ‘Forward-looking for 120 years’

This exhibition celebrates the 120 year anniversary of the conception of the Liverpool University Press (LUP) in 1899. Drawing on archival material held within the Liverpool University Press archive and LUP publications held within Special Collections and Archives and the University Libraries, this exhibition seeks to document and display the key points in the rich history of the Press.

As with the scholarly communities it serves, LUP’s fortunes have waxed and waned over many decades but the unfailing commitment of Press staff, authors and editors, and a wider community of scholars who understood the distinctive and important contribution of university press publishing, have helped to lay the strong foundation on which LUP stands today.

Publishing more than 150 books a year, 34 journals and a number of digital products, and still the only university press to have won both The Bookseller and IPG awards for Academic Publisher of the Year, Liverpool University Press has been widely acclaimed for its willingness to embrace change. To that end, the team at LUP have chosen to celebrate the future as well as the past in 2019 with the strapline ‘Forward-looking for 120 years.’

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The exhibition is available to view at Special Collections and Archives, Ground Floor Grove Wing, Sydney Jones Library. It will run from September 2019-January 2020. We are open Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:45pm.

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Movember Mondays: 1

For the four Mondays in November, we are exploring Special Collections & Archives through the medium of moustaches: ‘Movember Mondays’. This week, our gallery highlights the neatly-clipped style sported by leading Liverpool figures in the worlds of business and education, as featured in the Cunard Archive and the University Archive.Read more on Movember moustaches and support the University’s Wolfson Centre and Library Staff teams. 

Lord Royden

Lord Royden (Cunard Archive: D42/PR2/5/15)

Thomas Royden, 1st Baron Royden (1871-1950), was the eldest son of Thomas Bland Royden, of the Liverpool shipbuilders Thomas Royden & Sons. The firm’s last ship was launched in 1893, but Thomas Royden went on to become a director of Cunard Steam-Ship Company from 1905, and of Cunard White Star Ltd from 1934, until his death.


He was successively deputy Chairman (1909-1922) and Chairman (1922-1930), giving up his parliamentary post as Coalition Conservative MP for Bootle on his latter appointment. He was known as a keen sportsman – naturally including rowing and sailing.

Cunard Archive D42/PR2/5/1 Portrait of Colonel Denis H. Bates

Cunard Archive D42/PR2/5/1 Portrait of Colonel Denis H. Bates

Colonel Denis Haughton Bates (1886-1959) was from 1929 Chairman of T & J Brocklebank Ltd, a Liverpool shipping firm which was later part of the Cunard Line. The original Brocklebank firm had been founded in 1801 by the sons of Captain Daniel Brocklebank, a privateer in the American War of Independence.Colonel Bates’s moustache appropriately reflects his military status, as an Honorary Colonel in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, and Colonel in the Territorial Army. He was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in despatches for his service during the First World War.

Principal Rendall of University College Liverpool

Principal Rendall of University College Liverpool

Canon Gerald Henry Rendall (1851-1945) was the first Principal of University College, Liverpool (1881-1897) and a Classical, Biblical and Shakespearean scholar.

His archives include Christmas cards, menus and invitations relating to social events in Liverpool 1880-1897, including the sprightly cartoon – and raffish moustache – shown below. The Medical Faculty attached to his coat tails represents the incorporation into University College, Liverpool of the Liverpool Royal Infirmary Medical School (the predecessor of the Waterhouse-designed old Royal Liverpool Infirmary building which now houses the Wolfson Centre).


LUL MS 3.56(5): cartoon portrait of Gerald Henry Rendall