Austin Rhodes: A Saint in Focus

Many thanks to Alex Service (Saints Heritage Society) for this article. ‘St. Helens Through the Lens’ is a ten month Heritage Lottery Fund supported Heritage and Arts project based in St. Helens Library and Arts Service. This unique project aims to engage residents in uncovering the local history documented in the collection. It includes 3,000 glass plates discovered…

Past Mayors of St Helens

Billinge and Seneley Green ward councillor Joe Pearson has recently been announced as the new Mayor of St Helens for 2017-18. Below is a selection of some of our favourite archive images of past mayors of St Helens.  These photographs are all from the George Street Photography collection and have been recently digitised from glass plate negatives.  They were all…

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…

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…

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…

The man behind the lens – Geoff Williams

When this collection of glass plate negatives were initially discovered in a boarded up room of a pet shop, there was no information about who took the photographs or when they were taken.  It was known that the premises at George Street had been a photography studio for a number of years, but had changed hands various times along…