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Love Lane Lives - the boys & girls from the whitestuff

Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Love Lane Lives Project

The Love Lane Lives project is led by "Liverpudlian" Ron Noon, Senior Lecturer in History at LJMU who has over thirty years experience of teaching and researching "Liverpool Life and Labour".

For a number of years former Tate & Lyle employees have met on a regular basis, forging a close link with LJMU through Ron who they requested investigate extensive records of their campaign to keep Love Lane refinery open. The project was initially designed to advertise the ten year struggle to keep open Henry Tate's mother plant in Vauxhall, but with the creation of an innovative web site "bespoke" for former Love Lane refinery workers, the project will hopefully reach out to a national and international audience interested in the work and life experiences of "the boys and girls from the whitestuff".

Not only do we envisage this web site linking the Vauxhall project to a national and potentially international audience but it will eventually make accessible voluminous records documenting the closure struggle that are now deposited with National Museums, Liverpool. The project team's quarrying of this rich "archival" seam and the recorded oral and video histories will prove popular with all those interested in industrial heritage and changes in the post-war world of work.

A facility will be developed to enable people to submit video histories to the project team. These will be edited and made available on site. The Love Lane Lives film was the "flagship" start of our video history project and will likely encourage other former refinery workers or members of this close knit "Sugarland" community to participate. Interviewees are encouraged to bring along personal memorabilia and photographs which can be inserted into the videos thus ensuring that these memories and artefacts are not lost and that Love Lane Lives really will live on.

Ron Noon interviewed on City Talk about his involvement in the Love Lane Lives project

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Amsterdam - "Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?"

This is a track written by Ian Prowse, a history student of Ron Noon's at Liverpool John Moores University.

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