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Out on the tiles at St George's Hall

Rarely seen Minton floor gets public airing

Published on January 3rd 2012.

Out on the tiles at St George's Hall

A SPECTACULAR feature of Liverpool's architecture is being unveiled this weekend – with a chance for the public to get up close and even walk on it.

The exquisite Minton Floor in the Great Hall of St George’s Hall will be on public display – uncovered for the first time in two years. Last time 25,000 people went to see it. 

This time, rather than just look at it from the sidelines, visitors who pre-book a tour will be given special shoe coverings and get the opportunity to walk across the floor. 

Consisting of 30,000 beautifully hand crafted rare tiles, the immaculately preserved surface depicts the city’s coat of arms, sea nymphs, boys on dolphins and tritons.  

The mosaic was covered in the 1860s to provide a more hardwearing surface for dancing and has only been unveiled a handful of times since. 

All in a building that the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described as one of the finest neo-Grecian buildings in the world. 

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast, who is due to join a specialist team to help uncover the floor for a photo opp said: “Everywhere you go in St. George’s Hall there is a stunning architecture or a stunning piece of art on display, but the Minton tiles are particularly special as they aren’t on permanent display so it’s a real treat to see the beautiful detail of the floor up close. 

Many people don’t realise what a gem they have on their doorstep." 

*Minton tile floor opportunity, St George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool, Saturday January 7 to Sunday January 22, 10am to 5pm every day. No booking necessary. £1 adults, under 16s free. For further information see www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk or book onto a tour by calling 0151 225 6909


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