1972 The entire expanse of the redundant south
docks, including the Albert Dock, were closed. The Brunswick Dock
gates were left open, causing the whole dock system to become
tidal, and the silting-up process starts with a vengeance.
1972 - 1974 A variety of public and private sector schemes are proposed for the Albert Dock, but none of them come to pass.
1974 Merseyside County Council comes into existence in April. It declares that the redevelopment of the south docks is top of its agenda, and begins lengthy negotiations with the Dock Board.
1976 Liverpool City Council includes the Albert Dock in a Conservation Area.
1979 An outline agreement is signed by the County Council and the Dock Company on 31 August. Days later, the Government announces that it is to set up a Development Corporation, which will own and redevelop the south docks.
1980 Merseyside County Council opens the first phase of the Merseyside Maritime Museum around the Canning Dock area, adjacent to the Albert Dock.
1981 Merseyside Development Corporation is set up in March.
1982 An agreement is reached between Merseyside Development Corporation and Arrowcroft Group for the development of the Albert Dock, and plans are drawn up.
1983 Work on the regeneration of the dock commences.
1984 The first phase of the redevelopment opens in time for the arrival of the Tall Ships Race and the International Garden Festival.
1988 The official re-opening ceremony for the Albert Dock and the new Tate Liverpool is led by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, on 24 May.
1992 The first phase of Tate Liverpool is completed.
1998 The second phase of Tate Liverpool is completed.
2002 The final phase of undeveloped space is completed by Arrowcroft, creating the range of bars, restaurants and award-winning attractions the dock is known for today.