On 16 Feb 2018, a group of our third year students went on a trip to St George’s Hall and the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition in Liverpool. We asked a few of them to reflect on their experiences. Here’s what Hannah, Kate, and Jack made of the trip.
Hannah Jackson and Kate Matthews
As part of our third year of history studies at Edge Hill University, the students on the history of interpersonal violence module visited St George’s Hall and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition in Liverpool. St George’s Hall is a magnificent building that incorporates the arts and the law. Built in the 1800s to act as both a music hall and Liverpool’s law courts the building doesn’t lack uniqueness. Clearly, representative of the legal dynamic of Victorian interpersonal violence the courts, cells and apparatus for punishment were entertaining, interesting and relevant to our course. During this part of the trip, we were given a tour in which a witty tour guide gave a variety of interesting facts and information. For example, the importance of symbolism in the music hall section of St George’s where Liverpool presents itself as a centre of culture, the king of the seas and a vital player in the game of Empire. The building truly is outstanding and must be visited to comprehend its grandeur. St George’s Hall is now definitely on our top 10 places to visit in Liverpool.
Following this tour, our module group then visited the Terracotta Warriors exhibition in the World Museum. This was much anticipated. Arguably, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made, the chance to witness, first hand, these historical objects was truly spectacular. The exhibition being in Liverpool instead of London was alone something of a phenomenon. Yet to be able to see actual Terracotta Warriors was amazing. In taking our time around the exhibition, we learnt some intriguing facts about ancient China. Things such as their different philosophical beliefs and what these meant (Daoism, Confucianism etc.) as well as learning about the Chinese fascination with immortality. I (Hannah) even took full advantage of the gift shop and bought myself a mini Terracotta Warrior who now proudly sits on my bookshelf and guards my books.
On Friday the 16th February the History of Interpersonal Violence class embarked upon a field trip to Liverpool to visit St George’s Hall and the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum. The visit to St Georges Hall was particularly interesting as it opened in 1854 and it can be described as an outstanding expression of the confidence the Victorians had regarding the city of Liverpool. Furthermore, what is particularly interesting is the fact that `St George’s Hall has been the hub of culture and celebration often hosting parties whilst playing a crucial role within the criminal justice system. The Trial of Florence Maybrick in 1889 is a particularly famous trial that has taken place within the courtrooms of St George’s Hall. The exhibition which showcased the China’s first emperor and the Terracotta Warriors in the World Museum was also particularly fascinating. The exhibition showcased a variety of objects from one of the worlds greatest discoveries and this exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history. What was particularly special about this part of the field trip was the fact that the exhibition showcased a number of objects which have never been in the UK before.