Find out why certain parts of the borough played an important part in its heritage._Search or browse our collection of key places from across Halton.
Meet our partners_Find out how we are celebrating heritage across the borough.
Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum which aims to entertain, inform and educate. Our key aim is to make science exciting and accessible to everyone and to inform people of all ages about science based industries and their role in our lives – past, present and future.
We research houses and people, railways and canals, churches and farms, land use and occupations………. and are interested in every aspect of our parish’s history – Daresbury, Moore, Preston Brook, Hatton and Sandymoor.
We have 1000 years of history to celebrate!
Most excavated monastic site in Europe with 47 acres including medieval ruins, a walled garden and woodlands.
Preston Brook and District History Group aims to
– promote the advancement of the education of the public in all aspects of Preston Brook and surrounding district
– to organise meetings, exhibitions and lectures
– to create an archive of the history of Preston Brook & District using old documents, maps, photographs and other appropriate records, and to make it a living document for the future generations to add to and improve
Explore the lives and times of Haltons workers_Our current project reveals experiences of work in Halton from the 1830s to the present day.
Re-imagine your local heritage_ Films by Halton’s Youth Theatre weave together fact and fiction, with great stories and intriguing characters.
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What are the hot topics of a heritage conversation in Halton?
Browse the collections or search by occupation and date.
Artist Jeni McConnell has created two new walks to share her discoveries whilst she was out and about exploring in the borough.
You can browse through the oral histories below and listen to short clips and the full recordings, or search them by occupation or date.
Explore their creative adventures here – you can watch films, read scripts and follow their characters’
Images of man’s best friend in our collection
Explore Halton’s lost icon
All work and no play?_Discover the experiences of Halton workers, from the 1830s to the present day.
Where it all started!_
Our first project revealed the local, social and civic history of Halton.
See how we’re planning ahead._Opportunities for new ventures and new partnerships.
This day-long celebration of all things heritage and creative, was a fun-packed day of activities, performances, talks and loads more!
Halton Heritage Partnership in collaboration with The Suitcase Ensemble and Halton Young People’s Theatre
Over 10 months, HYPT and The Suitcase Ensemble presented five performances, and created four short films, to share the characters and stories they had created.
Works, workers and rewards
Parties, events and royal visits
Latest Press Releases and project news from HHP.
A new Partner to HHP who have worked extensively to bring heritage to life through images and video. We meet Wednesdays at 1:00pm in CHI Community cafe.
Based at Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn
The 8D Association is dedicated to promoting the history of the railways of South Lancashire, Merseyside and North Cheshire, particularly within a 10 mile radius of the former Widnes Locomotive Depot which had the code of 8D. It covers both the trains that operated and the infrastructure.
Widnes Historical Society was formed in 1951 with an overall aim to encourage and improve the knowledge of historical topics both nationally and regionally and Halton’s local history with particular reference to Widnes and surrounding areas.
u3a is a UK-wide organisation that provides the opportunity for those no longer in full time work to come together to ‘live, learn and laugh’.
Halton Borough Council Management of the Civic Collection held by the Council.
We are a team of volunteers who are tasked with protecting the heritage of St Marie’s following the redevelopment of the building in 2014.
The ‘Daniel Adamson’ is the North West’s Art Deco steamship, rescued by the passion and skill of a volunteer force who run the project and operate the vessel today. Our mission is to ensure the conservation and operation of this unique piece of shipping heritage for the learning, enjoyment and wellbeing of all.
We offer support for local people exploring their family’s history.
Runcorn & District Historical Society was founded in 2000, after meetings between three Runcorn history stalwarts, Messrs Bill Leathwood, Bert Starkey and Alex Cowan.
Club History, verbal and written, has always played a key part in the dynamic and direction of Widnes RUFC. Permanent displays are housed in the Salt Room and the Hunt Room, named after two significant figures in the club’s progress.
The Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) was formed in 1985 from various local residents who were appalled at the dereliction and neglect of England’s first artificial canal of the industrial revolution.
The Runcorn Locks Restoration Society (RLRS) was formed in 2004 to champion the restoration of the old flight, thereby giving impetus to the re-emergence of Runcorn’s previous heritage as a national centre for boating, a fact now recognised by a commemorative plaque situated on the wall of the Brindley Theatre.
Ever fancied exploring your family history? We can help!
A wide range of local studies reference material, including historical maps, archive of local newspapers, local parish records and many other resources to aid research.
Can you help RLRS to Unlock Runcorn? Unlock Runcorn are looking for people to help us make a difference. During 2024 we are beginning the first exciting phase of our plan to Unlock Runcorn by relinking the Bridgewater and Manchester Ship Canals and want to expand our volunteer team to help us deliver it. […]
Runcorn and Widnes World 2 February report by Mark Smith Canal trips, bridge and play areas in Unlock Runcorn plans Boat trips along the canal, community orchard and a new footbridge are some of the highlights of a fresh planning application which marks the first phase of a long-standing ambition to breathe new life into Runcorn’s waterways. Halton […]
Make Mine Manga Exploring the marvellous world of manga A touring exhibition about the world of Manga comics and graphic novels is coming to Halton Libraries. Make mine Manga is a free exhibition for anyone curious about Manga as well as the avid fan. 5-16 February at Widnes Library this event is free to all.
The start of the new year brings an exciting event to Norton Priory Museum, Runcorn. Norton Priory Museum and Gardens is delighted to be hosting Luke Jerram’s Gaia during January 2024. A programme of special events has been planned to complement the artwork, whilst evening viewings are also available. Evening viewing of Gaia also provides […]
This January we start with a bit of archival news from the Catalyst SDC, Widnes………… from October 2021 What a great event at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum in October 2021 – naming the Henry & John Brunner Room in the archives With the presentation of two artefacts for permanent display in the […]
RUNCORN COMMUNITY CHOIR CAROL CONCERT DATE: SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER, 3.30PM Join us in Norton Priory’s atrium for this very special carol concert to celebrate the season through a range of well-known Christmas carols and festive favourites. A free glass of mulled wine or orange juice is included at the event. Book tickets here!
An iconic landmark in Halton’s skyline is about to change forever! The four northern cooling towers at Fiddler’s Ferry, Widnes, are due to be ‘blown down’ on Sunday, December 3rd -sometime between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. There are lots of good vantage points around, but it’s going to be a very cold day and […]
UNVEILING OF THE FLEMISH COLLECTOR’S CABINET & GEORGE II SIDE TABLE In early 2021, the museum was contacted by a local auction house: a cabinet from the house that once stood at Norton Priory was coming up for auction. When the Senior Keeper and the museum’s Chief Executive visited the auction house to view the […]
DATE: 26TH NOVEMBER, 11AM-4PM A “Discover Sundays” Event Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the medieval undercroft and get started on your Christmas gifts with a variety of food, craft and gift stalls set up throughout the museum building. Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for children, and free for members! Book tickets here !
The next meeting of the Widnes Historical Society will be held on Thursday 9th November at 19:30 The speaker for this meeting will be David Hearn with his talk on:- “Liverpool and the American Civil War”. “The links between Liverpool and America are long and deep and they were in the 1860’s too. Different parts […]
Here at Halton Heritage Partnership we have compiled a large number of local walks which you can easily self guide yourself or group on a leisurely and informative stroll around Halton. This is the link to view the many walks we have compiled for you to enjoy: issuu.com/haltonheritagepartnership We hope you enjoy finding new places […]
Starting on Fridays 11am-3pm, Widnes Library Family History Helpdesk 1st Tuesday of the month, 1-4pm, Halton Lea Library 1st Friday of the month, 11am-3pm, Widnes Library Free drop in session, free access to Ancestry and help provided by library staff and local enthusiasts. Interested in researching your family history but don’t know where to start? […]
In Halton we have a website signposting places of interest to the visitor and the website is “Visit Halton” www.visithalton.co.uk. On there is a map of places of interest which the website points you with a handy key to what they are. As well as upcoming events within Halton. Please take time to enjoy some […]
WITH HALTON HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP Displays from Halton Heritage partners will be seen on the gallery of Norton Priory’s atrium, with a changing theme every month or more. Discovering Sundays is also an opportunity to speak with one of the groups when a heritage event is scheduled into NP’s busy calendar. Here is one which took […]
Evening Presentation Meetings are held on second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm Visitors welcome Farnworth C of E Primary School Pit Lane, Widnes, WA8 9HS 12th October, Dr Diana Leitch “Sir John Tomlinson Brunner & Henry Brunner 9th November, David Hearn “Liverpool and the American Civil War” 8th February 2024, Ian Bellard “19th Century […]
7th and 8th OCTOBER 10a.m. to 5pm It is that time of year again when Norton Priory Museum hold their annual Quince and Apple Days. Celebrate Autumn at Norton Priory Museum & Garden with a fun event for all the family. Celebrate Autumn at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens with a fun event for all […]
Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month at 7.30pm Wickstein Drive Christian Centre, 38 Wickstein Drive, Runcorn WQ7 5UX 6th October, Professor Stephen Harding – “Viking Archaeology of Wirral” 3 November, Sandra Hayes – “Noel Chevasse (awarded 2 Victoria Crosses) 1 December, Christmas Social 2 February 2024, Open Evening – all welcome […]
NORTON PRIORY ROSE WALK On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the replanted Rose Walk was opened by Sir Richard Christopher Brooke, the 12th Baronet of Norton, on the afternoon of Sunday 10th September 2023. Our Head Gardener, John Budworth, designed and created the Rose Walk in 2020 – 2021, introducing […]
8th September – 17th September This year’s theme is Creativity Unwrapped: For the two weeks in September there will be free activities and events happening in Halton as part of the Heritage Open Days national celebration. From guided tours to pop-up museums, there are lots of heritage activities for people of all ages and interests […]
Frank Lawless has produced an edited version of his publication of “Chimney Stacks and Penny Blacks” v5. Which can be requested free on a pdf file at present if you email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org. Frank’s book is also available at Halton Libraries to any library member to request or Borrowbox if you are an e-book […]
At Norton Priory Daresbury District Heritage Group have a display of information relating to Manchester Ship Canal. Well worth a visit to read and see the work behind another of Halton Heritage Partnership partners. Norton Priory will be the venue for more of Halton Heritage displays and events throughout the coming months. Please support our […]
This September sees the Heritage Open Days of Halton’s heritage sites, venues, churches and more including museums. All free to visitors to explore. Further details of the programme of events and opening dates and times will be published in the near future ready for you to enjoy over the two week period 9th-18th September.
Code a drone. 12 August at 11am – 1pm A free event at Halton Lea Library. MakoCreate we deliver creative digital art and technology workshops and projects. We also deliver workshops to help teachers, youth workers and trainers to gain a better understanding of the changing world of digital media
A new Partner to HHP who have worked extensively to bring heritage to life through images and video. Based at Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn and meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons. New members welcome to gain and share new skills with likeminded individuals. Take a look at HHP partners to find a gallery of their […]
DATE: WED 21ST JUNE, 7.00-9.00PM The Wheel of the Year turns once more and we find ourselves at Summer Solstice. Come and join us as we give gratitude to the Sun for all that they give us on this, the longest day. With meditation and reflective moments with Mima Cornish of HedgeRose Healing, and the […]
This is the Official Souvenir Programme: Celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla for Saturday 6th May 2023. Definitely a date for the history books and heritage records for generations to come. Let us know how you celebrate the event by our multiple ways to get in touch […]
Celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla History in the making this weekend with coronation celebrations and pagentry for us all to enjoy. Share with us your memories of this weekend and how you celebrate this momentous occasion. Send your pictures and stories to our HHP facebook page […]
Wednesday 29th March sees the relaunch of the HHP website at Norton Priory. Commencing at 4:30p.m. the partners, guests and VIPs will be entertained and treated to a light buffet. There will be a variety of partners exhibiting materials from their organisations and a handling session of a small sample of Norton Priory’s collection.
Here is another new Partner of HHP. The History branch of the Halton u3a is a relatively new group who meet first Tuesday on the month at 1.00 pm – at St Paul’s Church Hall, Widnes, WA8 7QU. halton u3a events . The u3a events link will give you all the details and dates when […]
Festive events through December and January at Catalyst Science Museum for all the family
Unlock Runcorn Festive Market on Saturday 3rd December at The Bridge View, 78 High Street Runcorn WA7 1JH from 2-5.30pm.
Halton Heritage Partnership were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to mark the centenary of WWI. Those who died during WWI are commemorated on various cenotaphs across the borough of Halton, but this project focused on recognizing those who returned after the war. It aims to help build awareness among the community and in local schools of […]