The Smithy Heritage Centre

The Smithy 2016 will re-open on Saturday 15 April; until then, visits are by special arrangement only.

We are working on the building and collection behind the scenes and preparing for next year’s exhibition, Cabinets of Curiosity


IMG_8430Rainhill Rotary Club logoThe Curators and Eccleston Parish Council wish to thank Rainhill Rotary Club for supporting this year’s International Blacksmiths Day. The event on 21st May was bigger and better than ever after receiving a £500 donation towards costs. Click here to see photos of the event…

More wonderful news – the Smithy has been 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. Our new handmade outer doors are being fitted at the beginning of March.

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.