There’s a lot going on in Knowsley during national Explore Your Archive Week, from Saturday 19 to 26 November.
A series of interesting, free sessions will provide opportunities for you to discover more about the borough’s history, find out what happens in Knowsley’s archive (ARK) and even share your memories!
Explore Your Archive Week activities
The week launches on Saturday 19 November in Huyton Library with a family history help desk from 10am to 1pm. So whether you are new to researching your family history or have been finding out about your ancestors for years, everyone is welcome to go along.
There will be a chance to listen to audio recordings of local people and personalities in playback from 10am to 1pm in the ARK on Tuesday 22 November.
On Friday 25 November, residents from Stockbridge Village are invited to a reminiscence session at the library where a wonderful collection of photographs, documents and personal stories will be available. You will also be able to share your own memories with other local people at the session from 10.30am to 12pm in Stockbridge Village Library.
Also on Friday 25 November, Knowsley-focused local history films will be playing in the ARK from 2pm to 4.30pm. Showing as part of ‘Knowsley in Camera’ will be Kirkby: Portrait of a town; a gritty Granada TV documentary from 1973, presented by Ray Gosling and Knowsley Today; an official film produced by the Council in 1980 and narrated by Brian Redhead. The films provide contrasting portraits of Knowsley.
The week culminates with an Open Access morning in the ARK on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 1pm. You will be able to gain a behind the scenes view of how we house and care for the borough’s historic collections as well as some of its gems.
Highlights of the collection
The oldest item, dating back to around the 13th century, is a Grant of Land made by Henry of Huyton to Richard Couper of Huyton.
The collections include material relating to the Kirkby-born wandering poet, Robert Atherton (1861-1930), variously known as Robin O’ Bobs, Rupert Upperton and ‘The Lancashire Burns’.
The Robin McGhie archive, contains the work of the noted Prescotian artist, designer and calligrapher who undertook commissions for a number of churches in the North West.
Find out something new and exciting
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:
“The ARK is full of fascinating photos, audio and printed documents which show what life was once like in the borough. I hope people will come along to the activities we have planned during Explore Your Archive Week and discover something new and exciting about their family or local area.
“The week also provides a great opportunity for residents to find out what happens in the ARK and the invaluable work that goes into collecting, keeping and sharing the borough’s history.”
Want to get involved?
For more information about the ARK or any of Knowsley’s Explore Your Archive Week events contact the ARK on 0151 443 4291 or Facebook @knowsleyarchives