Historic photographs to shed light on Borough’s heritage

A unique exhibition that sheds light on the Borough’s heritage is due to be unveiled later this month at Newton-le-Willows Library.

The St Helens Through the Lens project began in 2016 when a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was awarded to St Helens Local History & Archives to digitise, preserve, share and explore a collection of over 3,000 glass plate negatives discovered in a former photography studio in the 1980s.

The photographs were taken by Geoff Williams of Central Studios and included images of people, weddings, sport, events, buildings, works and more – a real snapshot of life in St Helens in the 1950s.

Project lead, artist Debbie Adele Cooper will unveil her unique artwork, commissioned by St Helens Local History & Archives, using the fascinating collection of glass negatives as inspiration. Debbie’s practice revolves around public engagement, photography, sound and light.

The exhibition is free to view at Newton-le-Willows Library, with the launch event on Wednesday 30th May, 2pm, where artist Debbie will be present to talk about her work.

Photo: Part of the artwork that will be unveiled in full at Newton-le-Willows Library.

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