Liverpool Irish Famine Trail plaque near Mulberry Street mass grave. The logos of the Institute of irish Studies and the Liverpool Irish Festival are visible in the top corners.

Near this Place: Famine Lives and Afterlives in 2600 - part of LIF 2021

6:00pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday 26th October 2021 / Online event
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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The ground beneath our feet holds many stories.
A plaque on Mulberry Street - erected by the Great Hunger Commemoration Committee - for the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail in the 1990s, marks the resting place of some 2,600 people, who emigrated from Ireland during the Famine. They got to Liverpool, but no further. The site is now occupied by the University of Liverpool, but anyone who stops to read the plaque can’t help but be transported into history which is at once very close to and very remote from today’s city.
2600, a short film shot on Mulberry Street this summer, moves us one step closer, exploring how we can adequately remember those lost, anonymous lives. Made by research-based theatre and film production company Sidelong Glance as part of the Whose History? project, 2600 records a collective act of remembrance, which recognises the long afterlife of the Great Hunger in today’s Liverpool.
Join us for a screening of 2600, and a panel discussion with the director, Dr Eleanor Lybeck (Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool) and fellow experts, as they reflect on commemoration and collective experience in the cultures of Ireland and its diaspora.
For more information on all aspects of Whose history?, please go to