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FAQs – St.Helens Local History and Archives

Where can I consult local records in St Helens?

St.Helens Local History and Archives Library is located within the Gamble Building, Victoria Square St Helens, WA10 1DY.

St Helens Central Library is currently closed; however, access to the St Helens archives within the Gamble Building continues to be available by appointment, please contact LHA@sthelens.gov.uk for more information or to book an appointment.

During the closure of Central Library, St Helens Library Service has increased the number of archive resources available at Eccleston Library. This includes maps of historic St Helens from the 1840's to the 20th century, micro films of local St Helens newspapers, reader printer facilities and electoral registers from 1900. Along with all other St Helens libraries, Eccleston Library also offers customers free access to the ‘Find my Past’ and ‘Ancestry’ websites.

Eccleston Library's opening hours are:

Monday 1:00pm 7:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am 7:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday 10:00am 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 1:00pm

Tel: 01744 677575 email: EcclestonLibrary@sthelens.gov.uk

Do I need to join the library to access St Helens archives?

Yes, you will need to produce two forms of ID: One giving your name and address and the other with a signature. Acceptable forms of ID include driving licence and utility bill. Please click here for more details.

Family History – how do I get started?

Are there any local groups or clubs I can join, that meet to research or discuss the local history of St Helens?

St.Helens Townships Family History Society (meet on Tuesdays 3.45-6.45 pm in Eccleston Library)
Email: townshipsfhs@googlemail.com
Mobile: 07851503307

Does the catalogue contain films?

There are a number of films on DVD held at St.Helens Local History and Archives Library (reference code FIL). The original films are held at the North West Film Archive in Manchester.

Website:http://www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk/

Can I deposit materials in the archive?

Yes, we are happy to accept materials of local historic value that can be made available to those researching the history of the town or their families. Please ring 01744 676952 or email lha@sthelens.gov.uk

You are also welcome to upload digital items to the St Helens Community Archive, an interactive virtual archive that celebrates the heritage and culture of the whole borough.

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