Within this digital archive you can find out more about the history of The Florrie. Take a glimpse into what life was like for Florrie boys and the young people of Toxteth and Dingle, understand the financial constraints and obstacles faced by the management committees, celebrate the achievements and share the laughs before being be moved by stories of hardship faced by Florrie boys and their families over the last 130 years.
The story of our digital archive began in 2019 with the discovery of almost every Annual Report since 1890, sitting forgotten in dusty boxes at the Unitarian Church, Ullet Road, Liverpool.
What we uncovered in those boxes was truly ‘archive gold’. For the first time, we were able to start piecing together a complete history of The Florrie, enriched by our pre-existing collection of donated artefacts, photographs and documents.
As a ‘living archive’ we are continuing to add to the site and enrich the telling of The Florrie story for future generations. Please visit our online ‘Visitors Book’ to share your Florrie memories.
Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to, contribute to this archive. Thank you to Catherine Tully who volunteered to start cataloguing and organising the archive as part of her PHD. Thank you to John Hussey and Jill Drower for permission to share their research into the Hall and Cunningham families. Special thanks to the team at Heritage Lottery Fund NW who have once again supported The Florrie, honoured our heritage and invested in our future.
This project was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
THE FLORENCE INSTITUTE
Registered Office: The Florence Institute Trust Ltd, 377 Mill Street, Liverpool L8 4RF. Charity Registration No: 1109301. Company Registration No: 05330850 (registered in England and Wales).
When our online archive launched back in March 2020 Liverpool icon and Florrie Old Boy Gerry Marsden supported the launch with the following message:
“Hello! This is Gerry Marsden, talking about one of my fondly remembered haunts, The Florrie. It’s fantastic that they’re launching their online archive and I’m really looking forward to taking a look at it.
One of the first bands ever to have played there was me, Matthew Summers, Tommy Ryan on washboard, and loads of other local lads. I also used to go there for boxing, where Alan Rudkin taught us how to fall down properly! The Florrie was and still is important to many local people and I’d urge everyone to show their support for The Florrie, a truly wonderful institution in the city.”