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Archive Service

Planning your visit to the archive

Booking an appointment
To find the items you would like to view, please consult the St Helens Archive Service online catalogue at www.sthelens.gov.uk/history, making a note of the title and reference number of the items you are interested in.

Email archives@sthelens.gov.uk (or call 01744 671748) to let us know the items you would like to view and we will book you an available appointment within the following times:

Monday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DY

Parking and public transport
The Gamble Building is a two-minute walk from Birchley Street Car Park, a two-minute walk from St Helens bus station and a five-minute walk from St Helens Central train station.

Visiting the archive
The search room is on the mezzanine floor of the Gamble Building. You can find it by entering the building at the front door and following the stairs up to the door marked ‘Search Room’. If you will require lift access, please let us know in advance archives@sthelens.gov.uk / 01744 671748 (there is lift access but a key is required).

On arrival at the archives, you will need to sign in to view documents. Please bring photographic ID. You do not need to be a member of St Helens Library Service; however, if you would like to join you can do so on the day: www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries/how-to-join-the-library

Handling documents

  • Food and drink is not permitted in the search room.
  • Please use a pencil for note taking (no pens).
  • Please follow staff instructions for handling documents.
  • Lockers are available to store bags or heavy coats (not permitted at search room tables).
  • Some items may not be available to be viewed as they are too fragile or are closed to the public, we will advise you of this as soon as possible.
  • You may bring a laptop, tablet or camera (no flash).
  • There is no charge to visit and view archive documents. Charges do apply for research, reproduction, digitisation or your own camera use.

Other resources
Local studies facilities (books, maps, local records and registers, newspapers etc.) can be accessed at Eccleston or Newton-le-Willows LibraryAncestry and Find My Past are available free to St Helens Library Service members at any St Helens library.

Please click here to access the St Helens Archive Service mission statement.




Scanning digitised items (plus cost of print if required)

£2.00 per image (research or private study)

£15.00 per image (non-commercial / editorial / public display)

A4 black and white print / copy (plus cost of scan if required)


A4 colour print / copy (plus cost of scan if required)


A3 black and white print / copy (plus cost of scan if required)


A3 colour print / copy (plus cost of scan if required)


Photography permit (research or private study)

£3.00 per day

£10.00 per week

Research work

£5.00 per quarter hour per first hour, then £15.00 per hour


Charges for postal, email or telephone orders may be calculated to include a cost for the time taken for staff to locate and copy material (charged as research fee).

It may not always be possible to provide an accurate quote for the price of research work in advance. Staff will let you know an estimate and advise you if the price is likely to increase. Research information / copies will only be sent once payment has been received.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Helens Council’.