Discover town’s hidden treasures as historic venues opened up for tours

St Helens Town Hall
St Helens Town Hall

MORE than 20 historic venues across St Helens are once again set to open their doors for the annual Heritage Open Days.

Participating venues include The World of Glass, Smithy Heritage Centre, St Helens Masonic Hall, St Helens Parish Church, Mill Street Volunteer Hall and Mansion House.

St Helens Council bosses are also set to host tours of the Town Hall and the Gamble Building as part of the four-day historical treasures showcase - which will run from September 12-15.

Tours of St Helens Town Hall will take place on Saturday September 14 at midday, 1pm and 2pm, giving you the chance to walk through the corridors of power and marvel at the Victorian-style Mayor’s Parlour, council chamber and elegant assembly hall.

Numbers are strictly limited to 20 people per tour so please call 01744 676731 to book your place.

The Gamble Building, which houses the Central Library, will also be hosting a range of heritage themed events.

Popular “Treasures of the Archives” tours will allow visitors to delve into the history of their town and see rare documents and artefacts, seldom on public view.

The tours take place on Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14 at 10.30am and 1pm. Places are limited to 12 people per tour so call 01744 676954 to secure your place.

Other activities planned over the two days include talks on the history of St Helens Hospital and the St Helens-built Waldron Wayfarer car.

There will also be craft sessions for children as well as traditional family games.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The council has supported the Heritage Open Days for a number of years and the event makes a significant contribution to the cultural identity of our town.

“So we’ve opened two of our oldest and most historic buildings - and hope that visitors enjoy the events on offer at the town hall and the Gamble Building and at all the other fascinating venues right across the borough.”

For full venue information visit the Council’s What’s On website at: www.whatsoninsthelens.com