Smithy Heritage Centre

Smithy Heritage Centre
Kiln Lane
Eccleston
St Helens
Merseyside
WA10 4RA
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

Eccleston Parish Council website

www.ecclestonpc.org.uk

E-mail

smithyheritagecentre@hotmail.com

Telephone

01744 730744

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Located in an original blacksmith’s forge that was still operating until the late 1970s, Eccleston Parish Council have transformed the Smithy into a museum dedicated to the history of the area.

Learn about the skills of local craftsmen including the farmer, the wheelwright, the farrier and the blacksmith, all of whom played a vital role in Eccleston’s rural past.

Temporary exhibitions cover a wide range of subjects, and the Smithy participates in many annual events including the Festival for British Archaeology and International Blacksmiths Day, with activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Easter to mid-September
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4pm

Other times by special arrangement

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

By road: Approximately 1 mile from Windle Island on the A580 East Lancs Road, on the junction of the B5201 Bleak Hill Road and Kiln Lane.

Bus routes: 37/137/138/194/195

Train: Approximately 2 miles from St Helens Central Station

Additional info

Limited parking available, with preference given to disabled visitors

Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting tools form a major part of the collection, reflecting the former use of the museum site. A range of agricultural artefacts illustrate the area's farming history. There are also displays and collections of domestic artefacts.

Collection details

Agriculture, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Reconstructed blacksmith's forge
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Extra! Extra! at the Smithy

  • 13 — 14 September 2014

Our 'Murder Most Foul' exhibition about local historic crimes, how criminals were caught and punished will be extended for Heritage Open Days - there's nothing too grisly though! Daily newspapers and “penny dreadfuls” played a huge part in recording details of crimes in the Victorian era, as well as providing entertainment for the masses, so visitors can try their hand at printing. Refreshments will be served in the adjoining Village Hall, so you can sit down with a cup of tea and homemade cakes.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/extra-extra-at-the-smithy

Getting there

By road: Approximately 1 mile from Windle Island on the A580 East Lancs Road, on the junction of the B5201 Bleak Hill Road and Kiln Lane.

Bus routes: 37/137/138/194/195

Train: Approximately 2 miles from St Helens Central Station

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