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Project Background

The Exploring Halton’s Collections project was established to provide access to over two thousand historical objects that tell the local, social and civic history of Halton.

Halton is a unitary authority, founded in 1974; it is formed of the post-industrial towns of Runcorn and Widnes, and the outlying parishes of Preston Brook, Hale and Daresbury, Sandymoor, Moore and Halebank. The objects are held within four separate public collections, managed individually by Norton Priory Museum Trust, Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Halton Borough Council Library Service and Halton Borough Council Democratic Services.

Exploring Halton’s Collections was conceived to form a partnership between these local collections and to create a co-ordinated approach to the presentation of Halton’s heritage. In the past many of these objects have not been accessible to the general public, and this project  made them available physically, and on-line using a standard museum database system called Modes.

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