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Archive and Heritage

St Helens Borough has a fascinating history that has shaped its landscape, its communities and their sense of identity.


St Helens Archive Service

St Helens Archive Service collects, preserves and provides access to unique historic materials that relate to different aspects of life across the borough of St Helens. Read our mission statement.

Use these pages to find out how to access Borough collections or find out about volunteering opportunities at St Helens Archive Service.

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Archive Accreditation

In 2021, St Helens Archive Service was awarded Archive Service Accreditation by The National Archives. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of the delivery of archive service. Achieving accredited status shows that St Helens Archive Service meets national standards relating to the management, long-term preservation and accessibility of its unique collections to a wide range of users. 

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National Lottery Heritage Fund Projects

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, St Helens Archive Service is currently leading on an exciting two-year project, 'Creative Underground', exploring the history of creative industries across the region. It was launched during St Helens Borough of Culture, 2023. 


Other ways to connect

  • See our St Helens Community Archive, where you can browse, search or contribute your own memories to this interactive website
  • Read about our current project, archive collections and upcoming events on our St Helens Archive Service blog 

Contact details

Phone: 01744 671748

(Service address) St Helens Archive Service, Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1DY.
(Postal address) St Helens Archive Service, c/o Chester Lane Library, Four Acre Lane, St Helens, WA9 4DE