This exciting and innovative local history project is one of 30 in Britain sharing a £3 million award from the Public Libraries Challenge Fund designed to enhance access to reference material. The Department of Culture Media and Sport established the Fund in July 1997 with additional funding from the Wolfson Foundation.
In partnership with connect, the Internet Centre for Merseyside Businesses, ( part of Liverpool University's Computer Science Department ) the local history team had just three months to produce a stimulating interactive history of the Borough's townships, namely; Cronton, Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby, Knowsley, Prescot, Roby, Tarbock and Whiston and to deliver it through the Internet.

With over 400 photographs from the Borough's collection and a further 100 taken especially for the project, it records the Borough's people, personalities, buildings and events in a seamless presentation. These have been augmented through the inclusion of Ordnance Survey maps, artifacts from Prescot Museum, audio interviews with local people and details taken from tithe maps held at the Lancashire Record Office at Preston.

History tour - presents the townships origins, growth and development over the last thousand years, with keywords serving as links to related images.

Timeline - key dates for each township

Maps and plans - which can be magnified for greater clarity and which include links to images of many of the buildings

Alternatively it is possible to browse through the photographs for a particular township, read the biographical entries for some of the famous people associated with the Borough, including Harold Wilson, Edward Lear and Rex Harrison. Knowsley Hall and the Derby Family also feature quite prominently. There is also information on further reading and using local history resources.

Particular themes, for example education, war or farming, can be investigated by searching the entire site. If you recognise anybody in one of the pictures, or indeed find yourself, visit the guestbook and leave us a message - we would love to hear from you. We are always interested in acquiring further material, photographs, publications, original records, relating to local organisations, events and people. So please think about us the next time you clear out your attic. The reference numbers on the web site relate to the images. If you would like to see the actual photograph, artifact or map please ask at the library, museum or Lancashire Record Office and quote the relevant reference number.

If you want to know more, why not take a look.

You can access these pages free of charge using the Internet machines at the Learning Resource Centres in Huyton, Page Moss and Kirkby libraries.

The project team consists of :

Peter Marchant (Principal Librarian),
Graham Watson (Information Services Manager),
Carole Boardman (Connect),
Richard Spragg (Connect),
Andrew Wallace (Graphic Designer, Connect),
Eileen Hume (Local Studies and Archives Librarian),
Simon Wilson (Project Leader),
Rob O'Brien (Project Assistant).
(Rob wins a Library Association Award!)

EARL -
The Consortium for Public Library Networking
Best on the Web Awards 1998
Best Information Content - Special Mention