Appeal for Heritage Centre in Liverpool
The Abdullah Quilliam Society has launched an appeal to establish the ‘Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre’ in Liverpool. The aim is to acquire the premises used by a unique nineteenth century British Muslim community that is now available for sale. This community was led by Abdullah Quilliam (1856-1932) who acquired 8 Brougham Terrace in 1889 and adjascent properties some years later.
From these properties the community launched an amazing number of projects: a boys and girls school, a printing press and publishing house and a mosque. The Medina Children’s Home was established on Shell Road, Liverpool. The buildings at Brougham Terrace were eventually sold to the Liverpool City Council in 1889 and the main prayer hall became the Registry Office of Marriages, Deaths and Births – interestingly staff at the Registry traditionally referred to this room as ‘the mosque’, without knowing the reason.
The current owners have now decided to sell the property, and the Abullah Quilliam Society is raising funds for the purchase of 8-10 Brougham Terrace in order to restore the historic mosque and establish an educational centre. The estimated capital cost for building conversion and refurbishment is £1.6 million, with an additional £400,000 for professionals’ fees, furniture and fittings.
Project details are available from
Mr Mumin Khan or Mr Mohammad Akbar Ali MBE
c/p MEDS, 2 Lodge Lane, Liverpool L8 0QH
Telephone: 0151 709 6567
The Abdullah Quilliam Society is a registered charity (Charity Registration Number 1086228) and the project is supported by Liverpool City Council.