New website launched to celebrate St Helens’ 150th birthday

Through the St Helens Community Archive' website, members of the community will be encouraged to upload their own photos, videos, stories and memories of the borough to celebrate and explore our shared heritage and culture
Through the St Helens Community Archive' website, members of the community will be encouraged to upload their own photos, videos, stories and memories of the borough to celebrate and explore our shared heritage and culture
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of St Helens becoming a municipal borough, St Helens Libraries Service is launching a new ‘St Helens Community Archive’ website.

This new website will encourage members of the community to upload their own photos, videos, stories and memories from across the borough to celebrate and explore our shared heritage and culture.

The St Helens Community Archive has been made possible by a £86,400 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will also see the digitisation and preservation of unique and historic oral cassette recordings and photographs from the borough collections as well as engagement activities for schools and different members of the community.

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for libraries services, said: “We are thrilled to bring this unique project to the people of St Helens and I would like to thank National Lottery players for making this possible.

“I’m confident that the St Helens Community Archive will be a huge success and I for one am very much looking forward to getting involved.

“I’d like to encourage residents to show their pride in our borough’s fascinating heritage by coming down to Eccleston Library and contributing to the St Helens Community Archive so that in years to come, future generations can relive some of the most significant moments of the borough’s history thorough pictures and film.”

St Helens Community Archive will launch from 3.30pm on Thursday 29 March at Eccleston Library.

To find out more about the website and the other areas of the heritage project book a (free) ticket from: https://STHLibraries.eventbrite.co.uk or call Eccleston Library on 01744 677575.

For more information on the project, or to volunteer, please contact Project Archivist Victoria Brokenshire by emailing victoriabrokenshire@sthelens.gov.uk.