To commemorate the 100th anniversary year since the end of World War One, St Helens Library Service has hosted a number of primary school classes in libraries across the borough where pupils have been given the opportunity to view an exhibition containing unique local material.
Featuring artefacts such as recruitment posters, images of St Helens Pals parading through the town, and images of two of the borough’s four Victoria Cross winners John Molyneux and John Thomas Davies VC receiving their commendations in Victoria Park, the exhibition has been put together by the library service to allow children to gain a greater understanding of the conflict and learn about the important role people from St Helens played in the Great War.
Pupils from Sutton Manor Primary School were the latest to view the exhibition when they visited Chester Lane Library recently, where they also took the time to see the moving ‘There but Not There’ Tommie, a Perspex figure which represents the many British and Empire service men and women that didn’t make it home from the war.
Library Service Manager, Kathryn Boothroyd, said: “It’s been a pleasure welcoming pupils from primary schools across the borough into our libraries to showcase this fascinating local World War One exhibition.
“The behaviour, enthusiasm and respect shown by pupils has been impeccable which is a positive indication that this important part of our history will never go forgotten.”
The exhibition, which is also available for members of the pupil to view, is on display until early January 2019 and can been seen on the following dates in the libraries listed below.
12-26 November: Haydock Library and Chester Lane Library
26 November – 10 December: Billinge Library and Ranhill Library
10-21 December: Moss Bank Library and Garswood Library
21 December –7 January: Rainford Library and Peter Street Library
Main photo – Sutton Manor Primary School pupils pictured with St Helens Library Service staff.