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.

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A worker bevels safety glass at Triplex, St Helens, 1950s



Jane Donald became Mayor of St Helens in 1955



A glass cutter working on safety glass at Triplex, St Helens, 1950s


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Rhoda Puncheon, the first Forewoman at Fibreglass retires in 1960



Sheila Vaughan, professional golf player who represented England internationally, c1955



Two nurses from St Helens, c1950s



The George Street Photography collection is a set of over 3000 glass plate negatives that were discovered in a pet shop.  The glass negatives feature scenes of people, places and events in St Helens from the 1950s.  They have now been digitised and are being catalogued and explored thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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