First exhibition opens an exciting project celebrating Knowsley’s history

Published on: Thursday, 16-July-2015

An exhibition showcasing recorded interviews, photos and artwork opens in Kirkby Library on Monday 3 August until Friday 14 August.

‘Kirkby now and then’ is the first exhibition in the exciting, three year Heritage Lottery funded ARK project to help develop the borough’s archive.

The showcase is the culmination of two community projects; ‘Talking Kirkby’ by Kirkby University of the Third Age and ‘What’s not here anymore?’ by Knowsley Adult Disability Day Service. 

The work on display will be digitised following the exhibition and made available online, making the wealth of information on Kirkby’s history available for everyone to enjoy.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said:

“It’s a fascinating exhibition capturing people’s memories of Kirkby during the 1940s to 1960s and showcasing great photographs of the town now and then. I’d encourage as many people as possible to visit the exhibition at Kirkby Library as it’s sure to trigger fond memories for anyone from Kirkby while showing younger people what life in the area was like at that time.

“While the projects aim to develop the archive, it is also about helping give local people skills and introducing them to new interests, that last beyond the life of the project.  This has certainly been the case for two members of the Adult Disability Day Service, who have been involved in the photography aspect of the ‘What’s not here anymore’ project. They have bought their own cameras and it has sparked a new hobby for them!” 

The next project will get underway in the autumn, ‘Images of Halewood’ will capture pictures of the town for a photo booklet of Halewood. 

Other proposed future projects include the Huyton internment camps of World War II and more general themes such as the history of Knowsley’s music and sport.

Volunteers are also needed to catalogue and digitise the collections produced by the community projects, to help create an online resource for everyone to access and enjoy.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved in any of the projects please contact ARK on 0151 443 4291 or jane.owens@knowsley.gov.uk for more information.