The Bell of S.S. Demodocus.
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When the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys was closed in 1985 by the Liverpool Council after two decades of contention, political dispute, and very little upkeep of the building fabric, it was under the control of the Liverpool Education Committee, under a trust agreement: called the Liverpool Institute Educational Foundation (LIEF), set up by the Minister of Education on 20 August 1956.
In 1991 the Education Committee authorised the Director of Education to dispose on the open market those items held in storage from the Liverpool Institute, which had no further educational use. A large number of artefacts from the Institute were sold at auction in June 1992.
The proceeds of the various sales went to LIEF along with one remaining artefact - the ship’s bell from S.S. Demodocus - still being held in storage by the foundation.
The building was renovated behind its old facade and re-opened in 1996 as The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
Jim Lycett (a pupil from 1952 to 1957) has been in contact with LIEF and is seeking to have the bell returned and exhibited within LIPA. By signing this petition you will be making the LIEF Trustees aware that Jim is not a lone voice and there of many more of us who would like to see the S.S. Demodocus Bell returned to the Institute.
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