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…

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…

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…

Be a part of history and share your portrait

Project artist Debbie Adele Cooper will be using old and new photographs in an art installation that will take over Central Library in April before touring other libraries in the borough.  We are looking for local residents who would like to be included in the art work.  To get involved, all you need to do is send us…

Residents reminisce with old photographs

Residents of Parr Mount Court enjoyed a creative afternoon of reminiscence when St Helens Through The Lens project artist Debbie Adele Cooper led a workshop there.  The residents chose line drawing versions of old images of St Helens and used pastels and watercolours to colour and brighten them. The residents also shared their memories and stories…

Be a part of local history

Do you have memories of places, people or events in 1950s St Helens? As part of the St Helens Through The Lens project, St Helens Local History & Archives and St Helens Arts Service are collaborating with photographer Kevin Crooks as well as students from Carmel College and St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High to…