The Smithy Heritage Centre

Join us for International Blacksmiths Day at the Smithy Heritage Centre, Saturday 23rd May. 

Live craft demonstrations of blacksmithing, wheelwrighting and bee skep making from 12-5pm. We’ll be open late serving local Real Ales and ciders 12-11pm. Hog Roast, snacks and soft drinks are also available.

Meet Puzzle the Horse and see him be shod by a farrier. There’s lots to see and do for all the family, and best of all, ADMISSION IS FREE!

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Man's Best Friend poster

Memories of Eccleston

The Memories of Eccleston book is now available! Get your copy from the Smithy Heritage Centre in person during open hours, 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.

The Smithy Heritage Centre will re-open on Saturday 4th April for our dog-themed exhibition Man’s Best Friend. We are then open every weekend, 1-4pm until Sunday 13th September