Lessons from the past
I recently wrote on this blog about the next 100 years and now I would like to comment on the past.
The past came to mind when I saw an advert in the Liverpool Echo August 23rd for Bedroom Furniture.
Each item was described as Victorian in style. I studied it and realised how pleasing to the eye it was.
On the same day a writer on the letters page spoke about the regeneration of New Brighton seafront.
A recent plan by developers caused an outcry among the public. The writer suggested the planners should visit Skegness to see how they approached the matter.
However if the planners studied how New Brighton looked in the past they could learn a lot.
In the 1950’s and before there was a giant open air swimming pool. Replacing it would be a good start. Both children and adults love nothing better than splashing around in water and the kids would soon leave their playstations for a day out there.
Also the words supermarket, high rise blocks and office spaces are becoming a huge turn off to the public. A few shops would suffice.
Among the things the writer mentioned was “A park, gardens, theatre, tennis, golf, bowls, a seal sanctuary and skate park.”
The writer is a person of vision and the public would embrace a plan like this wholeheartedly. A plan like this is the kind of leisure amenity built for the community in years gone by.
Also on the same day the issue of bringing the last surviving Isle Of Man ferry back to Merseyside was mentioned again, a longing to see a link with the past. Also HMS Whimbrel, Captain Johnny Walker's U-Boat hunter, the last navy ship afloat that was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic and was based in Liverpool.
The past has a lot to offer in developing the present. If I was a designer of any commodity at any level, I would always look to the past for inspiration.
Mind you a lot of discerning people do just that. Somebody with a lot of money buys a huge house and virtually furnishes it with items from 50 to 200 years ago. I know someone who has nothing manufactured after 1950.
We can’t live in the past but it would be lovely to go back and visit now and then. I think I’ll go and buy an Antique Shop.