The Smithy Heritage Centre

The Smithy Heritage Centre is now open for the 2023 season, every Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm until Sunday 17th September with a fascinating new exhibition about Stefan Skura, a Polish blacksmith who moved to the local area in 1947 as part of the Polish Resettlement Corps, kindly on loan from Knowsley Archives. The documents have been transcribed and translated into English by Merseyside Polonia.

You can enjoy a virtual tour of the Smithy and one of our previous exhibitions, Objects of Desire. Click on the image below and you will enter a 3D rendering of the Smithy which you can navigate around by clicking on arrows. Click on the little target symbols to find out more about the objects next to them.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September, 12noon-5pm. Join us for a weekend of local history for all the family! Celebrate the valuable contribution Polish soldiers made to the war effort and the years that followed as they resettled in Britain and the Polish communities that continue to enrich local life. Learn more about Polish culture – taste Polish treats, and try free traditional crafts too!

Sunday 17th September, The 8th Great Eccleston Bake-off. Amateur bakers of all ages can enter, with prizes and trophies to be won! Click here to find out more

Image of the interior of the Smithy - there is a large display case in the foreground and the walls are lined with tools, with some even hanging from the wooden rafters and beams. There is a very large wheel to the right of the image. The image features little blue and white target symbols on key objects on display

We would like to thank Matt Dodd and The Atkinson for scanning the Smithy and enabling us to access this resource.