The Smithy Heritage Centre hosts temporary exhibitions on a wide range of topics to ensure there is always something new to see. There permanent displays are dedicated to the heritage of the building and its place at the heart of the history of Eccleston, supplying and mending tools used in local agriculture and industry. The skills of the blacksmith, wheelwright, farrier and farmer are celebrated with original artefacts and images.
The Curators are really excited by history, and take a very “hands-on” approach to exhibitions and events to let visitors of all ages and abilities get in touch with the past – literally. There are activity packs dotted throughout the Smithy, each containing a different quick craft, puzzle or toy to try. To accompany the displays, there are also real and replica objects to handle to give a multi-sensory experience to your visit.
The Curators can provide outreach sessions including living history, talks and object handling to schools, centres and societies at a cost of £30 for 1 hour.
Private out-of-hours visits to the Smithy can be arranged for schools and groups at a cost of £30 for a 1.5 hour visit.
Loan boxes containing real and replica objects with accompanying activity packs are available to hire at a cost of £5 per week. There are boxes on a variety of topics: Ancient Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian Schools, Victorian Homelife, Toys Through Time, World War Two, and Mining. They must be collected from and returned to the Smithy.
Sessions can be delivered as outreach visits or as part of a private visit to the Smithy on any of the above topics. We are happy to deliver bespoke sessions on a variety of subjects, and can adapt our sessions to meet your pupils’ requirements.
The Smithy Heritage Centre is all on one level with on-site parking and accessible toilets.