Day dedicated to celebrating St Helens' rich heritage during Borough of Culture year
A day dedicated to celebrating St Helens' rich heritage will be held later this month as part of Borough of Culture celebrations.
Organised by St Helens Archive Service, St Helens Heritage Festival 2023 will see a number of heritage groups, historical societies and other organisations come together to engage with the public and showcase the borough's fascinating and varied history.
Meanwhile, a vintage bus will be on display, courtesy of the North West Museum of Road Transport, as well as St Helens R.F.C. memorabilia, the Super League Leaders' Shield and World Club Challenge trophy - with a dance performance from St Helens-based group, Mucky Mountain Morris.
Made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, St Helens Heritage Festival 2023 will also feature a 'Creative Underground' room - the result of an ambitious project to uncover the Borough's rich heritage in the arts, culture, and creativity industries - containing an interactive map, films screenings, flags, information and children's activities.
Encouraging resident to attend, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Communities and Culture, Councillor Anthony Burns, said:
"Our borough is steeped in heritage, being the birthplace of the railway and England's first industrial canal, as well as world leaders in glass, pharmaceuticals - and of course, the home of the mighty Saints - our greatest ambassadors - who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year.
"This day is dedicated to celebrating our identity and what better time to do it than during our year as Borough of Culture - so come along and maybe learn something new about our great borough which has more than played its part throughout British history."
St Helens Heritage Festival, one of a number of Borough of Culture events taking place throughout the year, will take place in St Helens Town Hall on Saturday 27 May between 10:00am-3:00pm.
For a full programme of Borough of Culture events, visit: www.culturesthelens.co.uk
Exhibitors joining the St Helens Archive Service team on the day are:
• Buzz Hub St Helens
• Cannington Shaw Preservation Trust CIC
• Cowley Schools Heritage
• Friends of St Helens Cemetery
• UnTangled Haydock
• Merseyside Archaeological Society
• Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society
• Momo's Café
• Newton Viaduct Sankey Valley Project World Heritage Status Bid
• Northwest Miners Heritage Association
• Rainford Heritage Society
• Rainhill Civic Society
• Rainhill Railway & Heritage Society
• Rotary Club of St Helens
• Saints Community Development Foundation
• Sankey Canal Restoration Society
• Smithy Heritage Centre
• St Helens Art Club
• St Helens Historical Society
• St Helens Sinfonietta
• Sue Gerrard
• The World Of Glass
• UC Crew
• U3A Local history group,
• Windleshaw Chantry
• WW1 Poppy Trail Newton-le-Willows