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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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Due to ongoing work within the Gamble Building, St Helens Archive Service is currently offering a remote service.  Please contact us on the details below to assist with your enquiry.

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 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. 

St Helens Archive Service has a fantastic track record in running ambitious and engaging heritage projects, funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Watch clips from the many interviews conducted as part of the St Helens Oral History Project (2021)
  • See the interactive website created as part of the St Helens Community Archive project (2018)
  • Read about our St Helens Life Through The Lens project on our project blog (2016)



Contact details

Phone: 01744 671748

St Helens Archive Service, c/o Parr Library, Fleet Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1SY.