The Smithy Heritage Centre

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Smithy this year – we’re already looking forward to the 2016 season!

The Smithy Heritage Centre is now closed for the winter. We will still be working behind the scenes and providing outreach services to groups and schools.

Memories of Eccleston

The Memories of Eccleston book is now available! To get your copy, contact us for more information. You can even download a copy of the book Memories of Eccleston book

Launch 11 smallThe Smithy Heritage Centre in Eccleston, St Helens, has been working on an exciting project to collect the memories of local people. The former blacksmiths shop, transformed into a local history museum by Eccleston Parish Council, received £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories programme to create an archive of personal stories.

We held holding relaxed sessions at venues around Eccleston for people to come along for a cuppa and a chat, to reminisce about how the area has changed, tell tales of local characters and pass on stories from their families. The images and stories have been collated to create this website, a travelling exhibition which will tour schools and community venues this year, a Teachers’ Pack of learning resources, and the book, Memories of Eccleston, meaning this vital information will not be lost or forgotten.