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St Helens Archive Service

Planning your visit to the Archive

Booking an appointment
In order to find the items you would like to view, please consult the St Helens Archive Service online catalogue: https://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: 2.00pm – 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: https://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 & 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.

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.