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…

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…

A day in the life of an archivist

St Helens Through The Lens project explores the George Street Photography Collection, over 3000 digitised glass plate negatives that were discovered in a former studio.  Here the project lead / archivist for the project shares her daily activities. A day working on the St Helens Through The Lens project is varied and interesting, and I…

Digitising Glass Plate Negatives

Before the widespread use of photographic film, glass was used as a medium in photography.  Thin glass plate was coated on one side with a light sensitive emulsion of silver salts, which was then exposed through a glass plate camera.  The George Street Photography Collection contains over 3000 digitised glass plate negatives. Due to their…

Archive Craft Activities at Central Library

Get arty with archives! As part of Explore Your Archive 2016, join artist Debbie Adele Cooper at St Helens Central Library for a variety of craft activities and fun art with free badges and pencils. Create photo albums, storybooks, develop or colour images as you explore photographs from the George Street Photography Collection; a collection…

Who Are You? Gallery Part 1

Can you help us put a name to these faces? The George Street Photography Collection is made up of over 3000 digitised glass plate negatives.  Most of the negatives were stored in individual paper envelopes, providing a reference number and sometimes the names of individuals or places depicted in the image.  Unfortunately there are some negatives that have…