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St Helens Archive Service

View our online St Helens Archive Service Catalogue.

Planning your visit to the Archive

Booking an appointment
There is no charge to visit and view archive documents. In order to find the items you would like to view, please consult our online archive catalogue at www.sthelens.gov.uk/history and make a note of the title and reference number of the items you are interested in. 

Email us at lha@sthelens.gov.uk to let us know the items you would like to view and we will book you an appointment. Alternatively, the telephone number to contact the archive is 01744 671748.

Hours available for the public to visit the archive are:

Monday: 10.00am – 13.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am – 13.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 13.00pm   
Thursday: 10.00am – 13.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The 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
Please arrive promptly for your appointment and wait in the entrance foyer of the Gamble Building. Please advise us if you are running late or need to reschedule. 

You do not need to be a member of St Helens Library Service in order to view items. However, if you would like to join you can do so on the day you visit. Read more information.

Disabled access
Emergency evacuation for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues cannot be accommodated at the Gamble Building. If this applies to you and you require access to archive records, please advise us in advance and alternative arrangements can be made.

Handling documents
Food and drink is not permitted in the archive. Provision will be made for you to lock your personal items away so they are secure. Please bring a pencil for note taking (no pens). Free public Wi-Fi is available. You may bring a laptop, tablet or camera (no flash).

You may be handling unique and historic documents; please ensure you follow the instructions of St Helens Library Service staff at all times. 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.

Other resources
Local studies facilities (books, maps, newspapers etc.) can be accessed at Eccleston and Newton-le-Willows LibraryAncestry and Find My Past are available free on any St Helens Library Service computer.

Family History Research

Research your family history with the help of Ancestry Online and Find My Past. These resources are freely available from any St Helens Library Service computer.

St Helens Townships Family History Society hold ‘help and workshop’ sessions at Eccleston Library every Tuesday from 3.45pm (subject to change, please check with Eccleston Library).

Take a look at What's On in Libraries for a list of forthcoming events.

St Helens Community Archive

St Helens Archive Service showcase various programmes funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund that celebrate the heritage of the borough of St Helens.

St Helens Community Archive is an interactive digital archive that documents the heritage and culture of the borough, curated by the people who live in it. Everyone is invited to share their memories for future generations by uploading photographs and stories.

Search Room facilities consist of:

  • Microfilm readers, microfilm printers and microfiche readers
  • 10 public computers
  • Free access to Ancestry and Find my Past
  • Photocopying, digital scanning and microform copying are also available.


  • All microform readers are button operated.
  • Chairs of varying height are available for those using bi / varifocal reading glasses.
  • Magnifying lens are available on request.
  • The Search Room can be accessed from street level by most wheelchairs including those of the larger motorised type.


Although most of the general local history stock in the Search Room may be consulted without an appointment it is advisable to book before visiting the library, as microform readers and computers are often in great demand.

Archives and records from collections stored elsewhere in the building may either be consulted the same day or within 48 hours, depending on the type of material requested.

Photocopier / Reader Printer                                                    

Paper size B&W / Colour Price per copy
A4 B&W £0.40
A3 B&W £0.70
A4 Colour £0.75
A3 Colour £1.40

Reprographic Charges

  • £1.00 per image to scan to a USB  
  • £2.00 per image by email or post.

A Photography Permit is also available which allows the use of your own personal technological device (subject to copyright and preservation considerations).

  • £3 per day
  • £10 per week

All prices given are inclusive of VAT.

Prices do not include postage and packaging.

Some documents are fragile and cannot be produced or may be subject to copyright.


There is a charge for any advanced research work undertaken of

  • £5.00 per quarter hour for the first hour
  • £15.00 for each subsequent hour or part thereof.

The above charges do not include post and packaging.