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About

What is this website?

St Helens Community Archive is a project that aims to celebrate and preserve the heritage of St Helens past and present through community engagement. The main element of the project is this website, an interactive digital archive that documents the heritage and culture of the borough, curated by the people that live in it. The project also includes the digitisation of historic oral history collections that have been held in the library archives for many years as well as education and outreach activities with schools and the local community.

The project has been made possible thanks to an £86,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is managed by St Helens Library Service.

Who can contribute?

Everyone is invited to contribute to the community archive and help define St Helens local heritage for future generations. Do you have a favourite photograph you would like to share? Have you got a great memory of your favourite place? Do you own an interesting local artefact that you could upload and share a picture of?
  • You will need to create a new account by using your email address.
  • Complete all required fields, read and agree to the Terms & Conditions (don’t forget to click the “I agree” button)
  • An email will be sent to you which you need to respond to validate your account.
  • Once you have done this then you are a member and can upload or comment on the site.

How do you upload to the website?

  • Click the 'Upload' link and complete each of the fields to upload your item.
  • Images can be uploaded from a computer, phone or tablet. You can add multiple images to one upload.
  • Video files must be embedded on the site via a website such as Youtube or Vimeo. Copy the link of the video file you want to share and paste the code to the upload field on this site.
  • Audio files must be embedded on the site via a website such as Mixcloud or Soundcloud.  Copy the link of the audio file you want to share and paste the code to the upload field on this site.
  • Once you submit an image, video or audio file, the content will be checked by St Helens Library Service and will need to be approved before it appears on the site.  During this period you will see the upload highlighted green in 'My Collection'. Approval does not confirm accuracy or permission to upload, however inappropriate uploads will not be approved.  You should receive an email within 48 hours to confirm that your item has been approved, if you do not receive an email please contact us.

How many times can someone contribute?

You are welcome to upload as many items as you would like! If you would like to upload a group of images that are similar, they can be uploaded together on one post.

Why would someone want to contribute to the archive?

By uploading items to the St Helens Community Archive, you are helping to preserve and define the social and cultural heritage across the borough for future generations.

What happens to my material once it has been uploaded? Who owns the copyright?

The original copyright holder of the material you have uploaded retains the copyright.  By uploading an item, this material becomes part of the St Helens Community Archive and you agree to a Creative Commons license.  Please refer to the website Terms & Conditions for more information.

Are there any restrictions on the type of material which can be uploaded? 

Offensive or inappropriate material or language will not be tolerated and material will be removed. Please refer to the website Terms & Conditions.

Who manages the archive?

The website is managed by St Helens Library Service who are responsible for the physical collection of the St Helens borough archives, currently located in the Gamble Building. The archives are the most important historical and cultural resources belonging to the people of St Helens. These unique, irreplaceable records offer insight into the diverse heritage and history of the borough.

I've tried to upload an image but got a warning!

Either the picture you have tried to upload is too small or too big for the website. An ideal size to aim for is 1000 pixels on the longest edge. The following file formats are accepted: .jpeg, .png.  If you have further issues please contact us.

I have some great items but no way of getting them uploaded.

If this is the case and you live in St Helens, check out whether we have any upcoming photo-scanning events, or contact us as we may be able to visit you with a laptop, a scanner or camera.

What if I don't have an item to photograph?

If you want to add a story or memory to the St Helens Community Archive, but don't have an image to upload, think about what else you could add. Maybe you could photograph something connected to your story, take a picture of yourself in the location the story took place, or record and upload an audio file.