Essential formal “public facing” report on the various impacts on Liverpool of being European Capital of Culture in 2008. Comes to the conclusion that the Capital of Culture 2008 year was, on balance, a very positive experience for the city. Also contains links to background reports. Particularly interesting in light of later city economic reports issued by Liverpool City Council which state that Liverpool was still the most deprived city in the UK, as it was in 2007 and 2004. Even more interesting when read with various academic papers questioning how effective, and replicable, what has become known as “the Liverpool model” genuinely was.

Beatiz Garcia, Ruth Melville, Tamsin Cox
Impacts 08: European Capital of Culture Research Programme, University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University
Creating an impact: Liverpool’s experience as European Capital of Culture