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FAQs – St Helens Archive Service

St Helens Archive Service collects, preserves and provides access to unique historic materials that relate to different aspects of life across the borough of St Helens.

Can I visit the Archive Service?

The Archive is available to visit by appointment on the following days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays: 10.00am-2.00pm

Contact archives@sthelens.gov.uk / 01744 671748 to book an appointment

Address

St Helens Archive Service, The Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DY.

Parking and public transport

The Gamble Building is a two-minute walk from Birchley Street Car Park, a two-minute walk from St Helens Bus Station and a five-minute walk from St Helens Central train station.

COVID-19 arrangements

  • You will be met at the door of the Gamble Building at the time of your appointment.
  • Appointments are for one customer per visit (or a maximum two people from the same household).
  • Please follow social distancing guidelines.
  • A face covering is essential (unless you are exempt).
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided; please ensure hands are completely dry before handling documents.
  • Your details are recorded when visiting the Archive Service as standard. Following Government guidelines, the Archive Service has implemented the NHS ‘Test and Trace’ procedure to assist with the control of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • There are lockers available for your personal belongings.
  • Computer access available
  • Please advise staff when booking an appointment if you have mobility issues and lift access will be arranged.
  • Cash and card payments accepted

Local Studies Facilities

Maps, microfilm records and local studies reference materials are also available at Eccleston and Newton-Le-Willows Libraries. To book an appointment to view the material please contact Eccleston Library (01744 677575) or Newton-Le-Willows Library (01744 677885). Free access to Find My Past is available to St Helens Library Service members at any St Helens Library currently offering PC access. Find My Past is also available remotely to St Helens Library members, please email libraries@sthelens.gov.uk to request access.

Accessibility

If you have mobility issues and require lift access, please advise us in advance (there is lift access but a key is required). Limited disabled parking is available outside Wesley House on Corporation Street, approximately 20 yards from The Gamble Building. Alternatively, please contact us to discuss other ways you can access the information you require.

Handling documents

  • Food and drink is not permitted in the search room.
  • Please use a pencil for note taking (no pens).
  • Lockers are available to store bags and heavy coats (not permitted at search room tables).
  • Please follow staff instructions for handling documents.
  • Some items may not be available to be viewed as they are too fragile or are closed to the public, we will advise you of this as soon as possible.

Can I copy documents from the archive?

  • Please speak to member of staff if wishing to copy items from the archive
  • Certain documents may be photocopied, scanned or digitised in-house.
  • You may bring a laptop, tablet or camera (no flash).
  • Copyright forms will need to be completed if you make or receive a copy of any item.
  • For those wishing to publish images a licence must be obtained. Permission may not always be given due to copyright or other restrictions.
  • There is no charge to visit and view archive documents. Charges apply for research, reproduction, digitisation or own camera/device.

Remote access

If you would like to view archive documents but cannot visit the Archive Service, please get in touch to discuss our research services for remote access.

Other resources

St Helens Community Archive is our online visual resource containing over 3,000 photographs, video and audio files contributed by the Archive Service as well as residents from across the borough.

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