More Recent History
Its use for water storage ceased in 1997 and it was subsequently acquired by a local social enterprise, Dingle 2000 Development Trust Ltd, from United Utilities, its previous owner.
Over the last few years the Reservoir has been used in many ways, including:
- annual participation in National Heritage Week, allowing the building to be opened to the public with large crowds coming along to see its superb interior.
- A venue for the Liverpool Biannual; featuring a Laser lights display attracting over 6,000 visitors.
- a favoured location for artists who use it for launch events and exhibitions
- film and TV producers from the BBC and ITV creating shows such as the film Florence Nightingale, scenes for Peaky Blinders and forthcoming TV show The City & the City. While ITV have shot episodes of Grange Hill and the children’s Dracula film.
Currently, preparations are underway for the Reservoir’s involvement in Liverpool’s celebration of the tenth anniversary of the European Capital of Culture. The exciting Aurora project, run in partnership with FACT (a local arts company), will provide an up-to the minute experience of the possibilities of exciting reactive electronic phenomena, and will one of the City’s a high profile installations.