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Local History and Archives

View our online Local History and Archive Catalogue.

Please note: access to the St Helens Archive within the Gamble Institute continues to be available by appointment; please contact LHA@sthelens.gov.uk for more information.

During the closure of Central Library, St Helens Library Service has increased the number of archive resources available at Eccleston Library. This includes maps of historic St Helens from the 1840s to the 20th century, micro films of local St Helens newspapers, reader printer facilities and electoral registers from 1900. Along with all other St Helens libraries, Eccleston Library also offers customers free access to the ‘Find my Past’ and ‘Ancestry’ websites.

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 Local History and Archives 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: St Helens Community Archive.

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.