By Kerry Norman
A Liverpool football adviser and author has expressed the importance of The Hillsborough disaster being named in a list of the most significant events and places in the history of England.
The list of 100 places has been compiled by Historic England. The project, based on public nominations, is said to encourage debate about which places tell the country best national story.
Rogan Taylor, director of The Football Industry Group at the University of Liverpool, as well as a special adviser to the Football Association, the Premier League and Premier League clubs, told Merseydays his thoughts on the nomination. “I don’t know how the families will see it. Some may feel oddly. It seems to me entirely justifiable.
“It is extremely significant in the restructuring of the game and in a wider social way as well. I think it is an event of enormous significance and one should know about these places. Hillsborough is a moment which symbolises huge change.”
The Sheffield stadium was hosting an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed. Ever since, families and loved ones of victims have been campaigning for justice. A new inquest in 2016 found that fans had been unlawfully killed. It was also found that supporters were not to blame.
The project is based on public nominations. There are 10 categories the public were able to nominate places/events for. Each category was judged by one individual. Hillsborough fell under the ‘Loss and Destruction’ category, and was shortlisted along with nine others. Here is the final list:
-Hillsborough football stadium
-Wreck of the SS Mendi, off Saint Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight
-Farfield Inn, Sheffield
-The Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park, London
-The Monument, Pudding Lane, London
-Must Farm Bronze Age settlement, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
-Ruins of Greyfriars Monastery and the village of Dunwich, Suffolk
-The Mary Rose, Portsmouth
-Euston Arch, King’s Cross, London
-Ruins of Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire