Halton's Heritage Newsletter - Summer 2016
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What’s a ‘Canalival’ we hear you say? Well, June saw the Halton Heritage Partnership host one in and around Runcorn town centre. This day long celebration of all things heritage and creative, was a fun-packed day of activities, performances, talks and loads more!

After a week of hot sunshine, we were concerned that rain would be upon us, however early clouds gave way to bright sunshine. Members of the Halton Young People’s Theatre performed several short pieces of theatre, which combined to create a story of local canal folk and a mystery unsolved in over 40 years. Although based on the young people’s research into the local history of the canals, using documents and oral histories collected for the Working Lives: Working Together project, a certain amount of dramatic license was used in the tale of young girl who had disappeared at a past ‘Canalival’. Read more here.


Revamping St. Lukes Historic Church Organ
Work is well underway on the restoration of an historic church organ at St. Lukes Church, Farnworth, Widnes. The work is being undertaken by specialist organ restorers, David Wells.
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Looking into the World War 1 Gallantry Awards...
Frank Lawless, Chair of the Halton Heritage Partnership, has been doing a lot of digging around the WW1 Gallantry Awards given in the Borough as part of some preliminary research for another project proposal. Here's a little update on his findings... (Photograph by Tijl Vercaemer).
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From Dinosaurs to Shopping Centres... An Update from the Runcorn and District Historical Society
Over the past few months, the Society has really been out there promoting the heritage of the area... from the hanging of new blue heritage plaques to unveiling timelines!
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Runcorn Smallpox Hospital

Did you know that in 1892/3 there was a smallpox epidemic among the ship canal workers? It was thought that the disease was introduced by a navvy from Leeds.  Yet the records give conflicting accounts of the numbers who were affected and the number of deaths, but it is thought that at least 35 men, women and children who died.  It's sad to say that many, if not all, were buried in Walton churchyard in unmarked graves. Find out more here.


Peter Blackmore - Vice Chair of Halton Heritage Partnership / Chair of the Runcorn & District Historical Society

Hello, I am Peter Blackmore and I have always been interested in history since I was at school, an left with an ‘O’ level in the subject. In my later life I got more involved in local history, and took part in the 1986 archaeological dig at Halton Castle. The castle has played a big part in my life, as in 2007 I was elected as a Halton Borough Councillor in the Halton Castle ward. I was also the Station Manager and presenter on Halton Community Radio, from 2010 to 2013, which is based in Castlefields.
I have been a member of the Runcorn and District Historical Society since 2005, becoming the Chair in 2012, until 2015. I have since been voted back in as Chair this year. In 2015 I again took part in an archaeological dig at Halton Castle, along with my wife Collette, who sadly passed away at the end of last year.

I am a keen collector of all things Runcorn, but mainly postcards, bottles & watches, and I am currently researching for a book on Runcorn Clock & Watch makers. Being involved with both the Partnership & the Historical Society, has allowed me to work & meet with some interesting people. It also helps me to learn more about the history of the borough, and I am constantly surprised about new things that I find out.

Working with Stuart Allen on the Runcorn Heritage Blue Plaques, has been fascinating, as I have found out about some unknown people that have helped to not only shape the town, but parts of the world.


Heritage Open Days - Launch Event
Thursday 8th Sept 2016
Lots of heritage activities!
Time: TBC
Runcorn Town Hall
FREE event.

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Afternoon Tour of Halton Castle with Norton Priory
Sunday 28th July 2016
Tour of the Castle.
2pm. Meet outside the Halton Castle Pub.
FREE event.

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The Norton Priory Conference - Save The Date!
Saturday 1st Oct 2016
Lectures and discussion about Norton Priory's recent research projects.
10:00am @ Norton Priory Museum.
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Not all went smoothly with the construction of the Silver Jubilee Bridge... trouble was a brewing!
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Do you know what this object is from our online collections? If not, click the link below to find out!
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