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The catalogue of the Geoff Williams Photography Collection (Ref. GWP) has been completed and uploaded to St Helens Local History & Archive Calmview site.

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The Junior Jazzmen

It has been great to have yet another image from the Geoff Williams Photography Collection recently identified thanks to members of the public.  This photo is unique to the collection as one of the only images of musicians, and one we were very keen to find out more about it! In the 1950s, there were various jazz nights…

A mystery bandstand…

There are a few photographs in the George Street Photography Collection that are proving to be quite a mystery. The following photo was one such mystery…. Firstly, the Edwardian outfits make it clear that the image is considerably older than others in the collection (the majority of the collection is mid 1950s). There aren’t many…

Picture a very vintage Christmas

Let’s look back to Christmas in the 1950s, a time without iPads, smart phones and other gadgets.  When only half of the population own a television, car or home telephone.  That isn’t to say that Christmas was dull in decades gone by, some even might say that it was better back then! Here are some of our favourite recently uncovered photos from…

Blind factory worker at Ashdowns Ltd, St Helens

In the George Street Photography Collection, a selection of photographs titled Triplex Blind Worker have been uncovered.  Although it is not known who the gentleman is, it is incredible to imagine how skilled he must have been to work machinery without sight. In the photographs, it is apparent that the gentleman was working at Ashdowns…

Help needed – wedding photographs

We have digitised over 1000 wedding photographs from the George Street Photography Collection, and for most of them we have the names of both the bride and the groom. Unfortunately there are some photos that do not have names, and we have been unable to match them up with other weddings in the collection.  We…

Who Are You? Gallery Part 3

Here is part 3 of our gallery of unknown faces. Were you living in or around St Helens in the 1950s or know people who were?  Do you recognise anyone?  Can you help us to fill in the blanks?  Please look through the gallery and get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page to…