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 George Street 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…

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…

Students shine a light on almost forgotten memories

Students from the Theatre and Performance Foundation Degree at University Centre St Helens breathed new life into the photographs from the George Street Photography Collection, through Echoes Through the Years, a series of performances inspired by the long-forgotten images. Course leader Ian Greenall described the performances as “a fictionalised insight into the lives of the people whose…