The Smithy Heritage Centre

Sunday 29 October is the last day that The Smithy Heritage Centre is open to the public in 2017.  The Curators continue work “behind the scenes” over the winter.



history of Lancashire in 70 ObjectsOur rocking horse toy was selected to be included in A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects! It’s on display, and features in a special guide which includes all 70 of the objects and venues – pick a copy up at the Smithy or download one. Visit them all!

Wonderful news – the Smithy was awarded over £8,000 from Arts Council England and Museum Development North West to improve the building so that we can better care for and protect our collection! We now have new double-glazed windows which are also covered with UV film, and a CCTV system, and new handmade outer doors.

As you know, the Smithy is free to visit, but whenever we hold an event where we charge for tickets, refreshments, or our 50p family-friendly activities, all profits go into a ringfenced pot to look after the building and collection. To apply for the grant money we needed a proportion of match-funding, so we just wanted to let you know that we couldn’t have done it without you!

Every raffle ticket, cup of tea, slice of cake and pint of Real Ale that you buy helps us to achieve our dream of making the Smithy the best it can be and keep it going for many years to come.

Thank you! Vicky and Joanne xxx


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 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.