The Albert Dock is to host a free outdoor astronomy
exhibition 'From Earth to the Universe'. The exhibition
which is sponsored by the world's leading specialist picture
agency, Science Photo Library will blast off in Liverpool on the 7
June 2008. Visitors to the Dock will be able to view the prototype
exhibition dockside before it departs on the 29 June 2008.
Liverpool was especially chosen to premier the exhibition due to its status as European Capital of Culture 2008. The exhibition will then go on to travel the world in the build up to the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
The images are taken from the Hubble Space telescope and give a fascinating insight into the creation and workings of the cosmos. Some of the images are captured over a distance of 40,000,000,000,000 kilometres.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and one of the cornerstone projects to facilitate achieving this goal is "From Earth to the Universe".
To reach as many people as possible, the exhibition will be displayed in non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, shopping malls and metro stations in major cities all around the world. The Albert Dock was an obvious choice.
Albert Dock Director, Joe Edge says
"We are delighted to be displaying such magnificent pieces of photography at the Albert Dock. As 2008 marks such a huge year for Liverpool, people from all around the world will be visiting the Dock and this display gives them the chance to see something unique in an unusual setting. The exhibition will be mounted along the railings of the Colonnades from Nauticalia to Tate Liverpool. We have always felt that displaying such exhibitions furthers the Albert Dock's ethos of providing each visitor with a totally unique experience. We are sure this exhibition will be appreciated by tourists, locals and businesses in and around the Albert Dock".
Sales and Marketing Director of Science Photo Library (SPL), Maria Storey says
"It has always been the aim of SPL to demonstrate what science does in an accessible way and to develop communications between scientists and the media. Popular images of the cosmos can engage the general public in the science, as well as provoke us all to think about the largest philosophical questions facing the human race such as where do we come from? How did life arise? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?"
Prints of all images in this exhibition are available to purchase from www.sciencephotogallery.co.uk
Science Photo Library (SPL) is the world's leading specialist picture agency with a collection of more than 250,000 images. The International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture.
A selection of images from exhibition is attached. They can be downloaded at www.sciencephoto.com using a press login: firstname.lastname@example.org and password: counterpoint.
What can you find at the Albert Dock?
Attractions: Shiverpool, The Yellow Duckmarine, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, International Slavery Museum.
Bars, Restaurants and Cafés:
Raven, Circo, Vinea Wine Bar and Deli, Baby Blue, BLUE Bar & Grill, Babycream, Gusto(Est Est Est), Ha! Ha! Bar & Canteen, Hansel & Gretel's, La Crepe Rit, NOSH, The Panamerican Club, Spice Lounge, Tate Café and Costa Coffee, a Themed Coffeehouse inside The Beatles Story.
Annabel's Accessories, Apple Centre/Canon, Art 4 You, Impressions of Liverpool, Liverpool Pictures, Nature's Treasure, Nauticalia, Quay Confectionery, The Gift Company, Wizzard and Whistlefish Gallery.
Express by Holiday Inn and Premier Inn.
Parking spaces are available directly outside the Albert Dock and in the new Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool and Albert Dock multi storey car park which is open 24 hours a day.
History of the Albert Dock:
The Albert Dock was designed by Liverpool Dock Trustees' surveyor Jesse Hartley and named after Prince Albert. Work began in 1841 and it opened in 1846.The Dock's warehouses stored valuable cargo from all over the world. Steamers, barges, brandy boats and corvettes (in World War II) all docked there.
The Dock's fortunes waned after WWII, and it closed in 1972. In 1983 The Albert Dock Company Ltd and the Merseyside Development Corporation began to restore the site to its former glory, breathing new life into a rundown area. In 1988 the Albert Dock was officially re-opened by HRH Prince Charles.
2008 will mark the Dock's 20th anniversary since its restoration in 1988.
1988-1996 Richard and Judy presented This Morning on Granada TV. Their studio looked out onto the Albert Dock. Fred Talbot presented the weather standing on a floating map of the UK; viewers cheered each time he leaped across from Mainland Britain to Northern Ireland.
The Dock has the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in Britain and is a World Heritage Site.
Albert Dock Media Enquiries:
T: 0784 1194220
Exhibition Media Enquiries:
Gill Griffiths / Polo PR
30 Shrewsbury Avenue, London SW14 8JZ
T: 020 8876 4242
F: 020 8876 8900
Pirjo Savilahti / Science Photo Library
327-329 Harrow Road, London W9 3RB
T: 020 7432 1100
F: 020 7286 8668