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St Helens Through The Lens
  Updated Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:36:10 +0000
Description Exploring the George Street Photography Collection
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Category images, archive photographs, archives, black and white photography, Calmview, cataloguing, digitisation, Geoff Williams, Geoff Williams Photography Collection, glass plate negatives, St Helens Local History & Archives
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Description: The catalogue of the Geoff Williams Photography Collection (Ref. GWP) has been completed and uploaded to St Helens Local History & Archive Calmview site.   more...

The catalogue of the Geoff Williams Photography Collection (Ref. GWP)has been completed and uploaded to St Helens LocalHistory & Archive Calmview site. The site is a database of all the catalogued items held by St Helens Local History & Archive Library and a fantastic resource,although can be complicated to search. Please follow the directions below to help you, or find out more about how to search the database.

To browse the collection

Click here to navigate to the hierarchicallist of categories in the collection. Expand each section by clicking on ‘+’, to viewthe full list in each category.Click onany fileto openand see more.

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To searchfor something specific

If you would like to search for something specific, for instance to find all photographs in the Geoff Williams Photography Collection that include a person with the surname ‘Jones’ orshow aspecificarea, street, building, company etc.

  • Hover the cursor over the ?Advanced Search? banner on the homepage
  • Click on ?Catalogue?

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AnyText:Enter a single word, a name or a phrase into this field.

RecordsWithImages:To search for all entries, leave this blank. To just see entries with images, type ‘Yes’.

RefNo: To search all collections, leave this blank. To just see entries from the Geoff Williams Photography Collection, type ‘GWP*’.

Once you have entered a term into a field, click on the ?search? button at the bottom of the field.

Happy searching!

 

 


Thank you to our volunteers!
Category Volunteers, archives, Geoff Williams Photography Collection, glass plate negative preservation, heritage, heritage lottery fund, heritage project, preservation, St Helens Through The Lens, volunteering
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Description: As the St Helens Through The Lens project nears completion, we must highlight the invaluableassistance of the dedicated volunteers and the efforts they have put in on this project. When the project started, we had over 3000 unsorted, undocumented digitised images and over 3000 unsorted fragile glass plate negatives. The first task was to go…  more...

As the St Helens Through The Lens project nears completion, we must highlight the invaluableassistance of the dedicated volunteers and the efforts they have put in on this project.

When the project started, we had over 3000 unsorted, undocumented digitised images and over 3000 unsorted fragile glass plate negatives. The first task was to go through each of the digitisedimages, describing, listing and sorting them as well as then researching images, identifying people and locations featured in the images.

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Volunteers sorting digitised images

Next, it was time to startthe process of sorting through thephysical negatives,ensuring each negative matchedup to the correspondingdigital image.

The volunteers were dedicated in the enormous taskofrehousing eachofthe of the 3564glass plate and filmnegativesinto new archival standardenclosures.

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Volunteers rehousing glass plate negatives

Allnegatives from the Geoff Williams Photography Collectionhave now been transferred into new envelopes and boxesand kept in conditions best suited to preserve them for the future. They have been made accessible; digitised,described andsorted,nowfully catalogued andsearchable online.

 

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Project volunteer Rita James and Project Archivist Victoria Brokenshire with the rehoused negatives of the Geoff Williams Photography Collection.

 

The project volunteers have successfully described andidentified over3000locally importantimages; helping to make them accessible nowand preservingthem for the future. Thanks again Rita James, Val Wilson, Judith Service, Dianna Heywood, Sharon Lowe and Pam Grey.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inspiring young photographers
Category Event, archives, Carmel College, Debbie Adele Cooper, digitisation, George Street Photography Collection, heritage lottery fund, Kevin Crooks, photography, Photography students, St Helens Through The Lens
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Description: As partof the HLF supportedSt Helens Through The Lens project, artistDebbie Adele Cooper has used the 1950s George Street Photography Collectionto inspireA Level Photography students from Carmel College. Debbiediscussed her work on this project as well asintroducing them to thework she has produced in response to other archive collections. The students were introduced to various…  more...

As partof the HLF supportedSt Helens Through The Lens project, artistDebbie Adele Cooper has used the 1950s George Street Photography Collectionto inspireA Level Photography students from Carmel College. Debbiediscussed her work on this project as well asintroducing them to thework she has produced in response to other archive collections.

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Inspiring young minds with old techniques

The students were introduced to various items of photographic history,including glass plates, tintypes, 35mm slides, cyanotypes, photo etching plates, pinhole cameras, chemigrams and instant film. Debbie commented“photography is a relativity young medium that has changed so much over the last 160 years; it was great to inspire these young artists to explore other techniques and styles of photography”

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Debbie discusses various methods of photography

Debbie also admitted to being inspired by the students herself, “many of the students shared their photography and film work with me, it was inspiring to see the quality of work they are producing at Carmel College, and I look forward to seeing what work they make for their end of course exhibition.”

Kevin Crooks, Head of Photography at Carmel College remarked that, “it was really helpful for our Photography students to see how a local photographic archive is being used and responded to. The techniques and processes that Debbie went through have provided our students with a range of ideas that can be used to creatively develop their own photography. Debbie also provided inspirational advice about working as a practicing professional photographer and how to potentially secure their own creative commissions.”

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Instant film photograph of Kevin Crooks with students


Austin Rhodes: A Saint in Focus
Category Photographs, Alex Service, Austin Rhodes, Geoff Williams, George Street Photography Collection, Saints Heritage Society, St Helens Rugby League, St Helens Through The Lens, Tom Van Vollenhoven, Volunteers
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Description: Many thanks toAlex Service(Saints Heritage Society)for this article. ?St. Helens Through the Lens? is a ten month Heritage Lottery Fund supported Heritage and Arts project based in St. Helens Library and Arts Service. This unique project aims to engage residents in uncovering the local history documented in the collection. It includes 3,000 glass plates discovered…  more...

Many thanks toAlex Service(Saints Heritage Society)for this article.

?St. Helens Through the Lens? is a ten month Heritage Lottery Fund supported Heritage and Arts project based in St. Helens Library and Arts Service. This unique project aims to engage residents in uncovering the local history documented in the collection. It includes 3,000 glass plates discovered in a former photography studio in 1984, most taken by local professional photographer Geoff Williams, who also took hundreds of images of Saints? matches for the local newspapers over the years. It is a generic collection, however and, overall, provides a real snapshot of local life in St. Helens in the 1950s. The images have been digitised and are being catalogued and described essentially by volunteers.

Saints? fans amongst them were quick to spot a full-length portrait of double Challenge Cup winner Austin Rhodes in the collection and Project Archivist Victoria Brokenshire was only too pleased to send a copy of the image to the man himself.

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Despite still possessing a razor-sharp memory on rugby league matters, Austin could not actually recall the occasion. ?It might have been connected with me getting my club blazer,? he recalls, ?although that?s as far as it goes. After all, it was a while ago!? His wife, Marlene was delighted: ?That was certainly the man I married! Although there are some blemishes on the photo itself, it?s great to see that Austin?s actual image is clear as a bell. We?ll be sending this to our daughter in Australia ? she?ll be thrilled!?

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Amongst other images on the project?s website, you will find Austin?s great friend, Tom van Vollenhoven judging a beauty pageant. ?It sounds like a tough job to me, but somebody had to do it and Tom stepped manfully into the breach,? joked Austin.

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Indeed, some of the other images from the collection can be viewed here. I wonder how many of the people whose portraits are on view were Saints? fans?


Past Mayors of St Helens
Category Photographs, digitisation project, Geoff Williams, George Street Photography Collection, glass plate negatives, Old photos of St Helens, past mayors of St Helens, people, photography, St Helens Through The Lens, St Helens Town Hall
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Description: Billinge and Seneley Green ward councillor Joe Pearsonhas recentlybeen announced as the new Mayor of St Helens for 2017-18. Below is a selectionof some ofour favourite archive images of past mayors of St Helens. These photographs are all from the George Street Photography collection and havebeen recently digitised from glass plate negatives. They were all…  more...

Billinge and Seneley Green ward councillor Joe Pearsonhas recentlybeen announced as the new Mayor of St Helens for 2017-18.

Below is a selectionof some ofour favourite archive images of past mayors of St Helens. These photographs are all from the George Street Photography collection and havebeen recently digitised from glass plate negatives. They were all taken by Geoff Williams in the 1950s/60seither at hisphotography studio at 16 George Street or at various locationsaround St Helens.

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Jane Donald was mayor of St Helens in 1955, she was the third female mayor of St Helens

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Percy Millington Lowe was mayor of St Helens in 1956, this portrait hangs in St Helens Town Hall

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This photograph was taken in St Helens Town Hall in 1956 of Percy Griffiths, who was mayor of St Helens in 1952

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James Francis McDonnell was mayor of St Helens in 1959, herewith agroup of Girl Guides who have visited the Town Hall to display their crafts

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Joseph Murphy was the mayor of St Helens in 1960, here various dignitaries, councilors and representativesgather on the town hall steps for ‘Mayor’s Sunday’.

To see more past mayors of St Helens, click here:PastMayorsPhotos.


Artist workshop: Explore the Magical History of Photography
Category Event, activities, archives, art, Debbie Adele Cooper, digitisation, George Street Photography Collection, glass plate negatives, heritage lottery fund, Parr Library, photography, St Helens Through The Lens, Thatto Heath Library
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Description: Join artist Debbie Adele Cooper to explore how photographs were made in the past using handmade glass plate negatives from the 1950s George Street Photography collection. Colour in images from the collection or learn how to make your own old-fashionedphoto on your mobile phone or tablet. FREE workshops suitable for all ages but children must…  more...

Join artist Debbie Adele Cooper to explore how photographs were made in the past using handmade glass plate negatives from the 1950s George Street Photography collection.

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Colour in images from the collection or learn how to make your own old-fashionedphoto on your mobile phone or tablet.

FREE workshops suitable for all ages but children must be supervised:

Parr Library, Wednesday 31st May at 11am-1pm
Thatto Heath Library
,Wednesday 31st May at 3pm-5pm

 

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Talk: ?Pictures From The Past?
Category Event, activities, digitisation project, discovery, George Street Photography Collection, heritage lottery fund, local history talk, memories, Old photos of St Helens, Pictures From The Past, St Helens local history, St Helens Through The Lens, Thatto Heath Library, Tom Preston
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Description: Find out more about images from the George Street Photography Collection through a engaging talk led by local historian Tom Preston that will explorekey images and delve into the heritage of St Helens and the wider area in the 1950s. Thatto Heath Library, Friday 9th June at 2pm  more...

Find out more about images from the George Street Photography Collection through a engaging talk led by local historian Tom Preston that will explorekey images and delve into the heritage of St Helens and the wider area in the 1950s.

Thatto Heath Library, Friday 9th June at 2pm

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Nurses of the 1950s
Category Photographs, 1950s nurses, Black & white, digitisation project, discovery, George Street Photography Collection, glass plate negatives, International Nurses Day, photography, St Helens Through The Lens
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Description: International Nurses Day is celebrated every 12th May, a date which celebrates theanniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. To celebrate the nurses of St Helens, we would like to share some of ourfavourite archive photographsof1950s local nurses that appear in the George Street Photography collection. Thank you to all nurses foryour care, kindnessand dedication. Do you…  more...

International Nurses Day is celebrated every 12th May, a date which celebrates theanniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

To celebrate the nurses of St Helens, we would like to share some of ourfavourite archive photographsof1950s local nurses that appear in the George Street Photography collection.

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Nurse Duff and Nurse Clearey in uniform, circa 1955

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Two nurses in uniform seated in a studio, circa 1955

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Nurse Kennelly and Nurse Hickey wearing nurses coats, circa 1955

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A portrait of Sister Hughes, circa 1955

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Nurses sing Christmas Carols in St Helens Hospital, circa 1955

Thank you to all nurses foryour care, kindnessand dedication.

Do you recognise anyone in the photographs or have any stories or memories to share? Please comment below.

The George Street Photography collection is an archive of over 3000 glass plate negatives that were discovered in a former photography studio in St Helens and have been digitised and preserved as part of the St Helens Through The Lens project, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Sunlight Printing Workshops
Category Event, archive photographs, art, Chester Lane Library, Debbie Adele Cooper, developing photographs, Eccleston Library, fun, George Street Photography Collection, Haydock Library, photography, photograpy, St Helens Through The Lens, sunlight printing, Sunprint
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Description: Join St Helens Through The Lens project artist Debbie Adele Cooper for a fun free creative workshop suitable for all ages! Explore hidden archivephotographs,develop your ownsun-printsand learn more about photographic techniques andthe George Street Photography Collection fromthe project artist. Tuesday 25th April 4pm-6pm: Chester Lane Library Wednesday 26th April 4pm-6pm: Eccleston Library Thursday 27th April…  more...

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Join St Helens Through The Lens project artist Debbie Adele Cooper for a fun free creative workshop suitable for all ages!

Explore hidden archivephotographs,develop your ownsun-printsand learn more about photographic techniques andthe George Street Photography Collection fromthe project artist.

Tuesday 25th April 4pm-6pm: Chester Lane Library
Wednesday 26th April 4pm-6pm: Eccleston Library
Thursday 27th April 4pm-6pm: Haydock Library

 

 


Strike a pose at The World of Glass!
Category Event, 1950s, activities, fun, George Street Photography Collection, half term, Half Term activities, people, photography, St Helens Through The Lens, The World of Glass
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Description: Join St Helens Through The Lens artist Debbie Adele Cooper at The World of Glassthis half term for fun activities inspired by the George Street Photography collection. Debbie will be at the museum on Thursday 13th April, inviting people to have their portraits taken at her pop-up portrait studioto be included in a new piece…  more...

Join St Helens Through The Lens artist Debbie Adele Cooper at The World of Glassthis half term for fun activities inspired by the George Street Photography collection.

Debbie will be at the museum on Thursday 13th April, inviting people to have their portraits taken at her pop-up portrait studioto be included in a new piece of art. This art piece willuse new portraits, as well as ones discovered from the 1950s, and will be installed in Central Library. The portraits are free and you will receive a digital copy of the image taken.


There will also be colouring sessions for all ages! Choose a 1950simage from the archives to hand-tint andbring to life with pencil crayons, water colour pencilsorpastels.


These activities will be held at The World of Glassmuseum, Chalon Way East, St Helens from 11am – 1pm and 2pm– 4pm.

To find out about more about upcoming activities, click here.
To submit your own portrait to be included in the artwork, click here.



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