St Helens Through The Lens – An Exhibition

In 2016 a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was awarded to St Helens Local History & Archives (St Helens Library Service) to digitise, preserve, share and explore a collection of over 3000 glass plate negatives discovered in a pet shop in the 1980s. The photographs were taken by Geoff Williams of Central Studios and included images of…

Artist workshop: Explore the Magical History of Photography

Join artist Debbie Adele Cooper to explore how photographs were made in the past using handmade glass plate negatives from the 1950s George Street Photography collection. Colour in images from the collection or learn how to make your own old-fashioned photo on your mobile phone or tablet. FREE workshops suitable for all ages but children must…

Talk: ‘Pictures From The Past’

Find out more about images from the George Street Photography Collection through a engaging talk led by local historian Tom Preston that will explore key images and delve into the heritage of St Helens and the wider area in the 1950s. Thatto Heath Library, Friday 9th June at 2pm

Sunlight Printing Workshops

Join St Helens Through The Lens project artist Debbie Adele Cooper for a fun free creative workshop suitable for all ages! Explore hidden archive photographs, develop your own sun-prints and learn more about photographic techniques and the George Street Photography Collection from the project artist. Tuesday 25th April 4pm-6pm: Chester Lane Library Wednesday 26th April 4pm-6pm: Eccleston Library Thursday 27th April…

Strike a pose at The World of Glass!

Join St Helens Through The Lens artist Debbie Adele Cooper at The World of Glass this half term for fun activities inspired by the George Street Photography collection. Debbie will be at the museum on Thursday 13th April, inviting people to have their portraits taken at her pop-up portrait studio to be included in a new piece…

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…

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…