Digital time capsule project to launch new season of Cultural Hubs

Image: The time capsule touring with To Those Born Later.

A new season of the nationally-renowned Cultural Hubs programme is about to launch, packed as ever with unique and inclusive arts events in libraries.

Cultural Hubs is funded by Arts Council England and delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

This 15th season of the award-winning programme – covering September to December – kicks off with To Those Born Later at various libraries across St Helens to coincide with Heritage Open Days.

This first event asks attendees to imagine a future in which our digital existence and online lives – electronic records, photos, music, conversations and memories – are corrupted and lost forever in a digital dark age. In such a future, how will our lives be remembered, how will our histories and culture be preserved?

The answer, according to theatre groups Fuel and Uninvited Guests, is a time capsule which can store memories from participating audience members’ smartphones or tablets. The time capsule is travelling the country and will preserve our culture through a conceivable digital dark age, to be opened in 150 years.

Catch To Those Born Later on:

Wednesday 18 September, 7:30pm, Eccleston Library (British Sign Language supported performance)
Thursday 19 September, 5:30pm, Newton-le-Willows Library
Saturday 21 September, 7:30pm, Parr Library

Suitable for adults and young people aged 12 plus, tickets cost £6, £5 (St Helens Library card holders) or £3 (concessions). Book online at or pop into any of the above libraries to reserve your tickets.

The new Cultural Hubs programme also features a performance by the National Youth Theatre – the UK’s most distinguished youth theatre company; a passion project production of Samuel Beckett’s most absurdist plays, Waiting For Godot, by a local actor; an arts exhibition that aims to channel the hatred of homophobic attacks into something positive by a London artist; and a dance and graffiti arts project dedicated to St Helens’ history of Northern Soul, break dance and street dance.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Libraries, said: “We can’t wait for the new season to launch, after the previous programme brought well over 1,000 people to our libraries for a collection of unique and inclusive cultural events.

“There are great things in store for residents and visitors with the season ahead. Cultural Hubs continues to go from strength to strength, proving that its glowing reputation and national recognition are well deserved. Make sure you take advantage of the amazing things about to happen in libraries across St Helens Borough.”

For full details of these fantastic events and more, many of which are free to attend, visit or pick up a brochure from any St Helens library.


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