Nurses of the 1950s

International Nurses Day is celebrated every 12th May, a date which celebrates the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. To celebrate the nurses of St Helens, we would like to share some of our favourite archive photographs of 1950s local nurses that appear in the George Street Photography collection. Thank you to all nurses for your care, kindness and dedication. Do you…

Sunlight Printing Workshops

Join St Helens Through The Lens project artist Debbie Adele Cooper for a fun free creative workshop suitable for all ages! Explore hidden archive photographs, develop your own sun-prints and learn more about photographic techniques and the George Street Photography Collection from the project artist. Tuesday 25th April 4pm-6pm: Chester Lane Library Wednesday 26th April 4pm-6pm: Eccleston Library Thursday 27th April…

Strike a pose at The World of Glass!

Join St Helens Through The Lens artist Debbie Adele Cooper at The World of Glass this half term for fun activities inspired by the George Street Photography collection. Debbie will be at the museum on Thursday 13th April, inviting people to have their portraits taken at her pop-up portrait studio to be included in a new piece…

Preserving glass plate negatives

Glass plate negatives are subject to unique damage and deterioration.  Glass is very fragile and can easily crack or break, the emulsion on the glass can flake and the glass plates are also subject to damage from water, fungus and mould.  The risk of damage and the rate of deterioration of glass plates negatives can be greatly reduced if correct storage techniques and handling methods…

A trip to Paris in the 1950s

In the George Street Photography Collection, around 800 images are passport pictures or studio portraits.  It has been intriguing to imagine why the passport photographs were taken and where the subject might be going. We were delighted to find out the story behind two of the photographs when some recent visitors to Central Library recognised their relatives.  Josephine Dolan and…

Get involved! Portrait posers wanted…

Fancy making history?  Join project artist Debbie Adele Cooper in ‘Room 1’ at the next Phoenix Apparel Vegan / Vintage Fair taking place in St Helens Town Hall on Saturday 18th March. Have your portrait taken to be included alongside archive portraits from the 1950s in a new piece of artwork  that will be displayed in St Helens borough…

Celebrating women of St Helens

  International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. We take a look through the George Street Photography collection to celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary women of St Helens back in the 1950s.               The George Street Photography collection is a…