Welcome to our new resources page which collects together useful resources for exploring the fascinating history of Warrington. Many of these resources have been compiled from objects in the Museum and Archive collections whilst others have been gathered from the contributions of local people.

To access our South Lancashire Regiment Prisoners Of War 1914-1918 databases please navigate using the links above or click on the links below:

VE Day Posters

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, our Archives & Heritage Officer Philip Jeffs wrote a series of blogs looking at what items from the archives can tell us about Warrington in 1945.

  1. VE Day poster 1: Town Hall
  2. VE Day poster 2: Parties
  3. VE Day poster 3: Villages
  4. VE Day poster 4: Returning PoWs
  5. VE Day poster 5: VJ Day
  6. VE Day poster 6: American Celebrations
  7. VE Day poster 7: Major events of 1945


The Glazebrook-Rylands Project

Rylands Family Coat of Arms, as designed by John Paul Rylands (1846 – 1923).

Between 2014 and 2015 our Heritage and Archives Officer Philip Jeffs wrote a number of articles based on his research into the archives of the Glazebrook and Rylands families. You can link to all 26 of the articles below:

  1. The Glazebrook-Rylands project
  2. Victorian Snowflakes
  3. An Impudent Thief!
  4. Recollections of Winwick Grammar School 1859-1862
  5. Gripes and constipation: home cures from Georgian Warrington
  6. Thomas Glazebrook Rylands and Anti-Slavery
  7. Warrington’s Cholera Outbreak in 1832
  8. The Dangers of Smoking
  9. Mrs Rylands’ Ball, February 1909
  10. Queen Victoria’s Clairvoyant?
  11. The Warrington Volunteers
  12. The Warrington Volunteers – Part II
  13. Here’s Patten for Ever, Huzza!
  14. Mary Rylands’ Funeral Card 1836
  15. Human Skin
  16. The Murder of John Ratcliffe
  17. Dressed Crab
  18. Badly Behaved Children
  19. A Victorian Christmas
  20. Who Was Cecily Rylands?
  21. Glazebrooks, Rylands, Politics and Medicine
  22. A Friend of the Factory Child – March 1833
  23. The Black List – 1841
  24. The Warrington Menagerie, circa 1840s
  25. The Man of Philanthropy, Politics and Clogs, circa 1868
  26. The Second Epistle of Joe Muggins’ Dog

The West Warrington Memories Project

In 2017 Arts Council England funded a Culture Warrington project working with the West Warrington community which asked residents to dig out old photographs and share their stories to feature in the Great Sankey Hub – one of the area’s first dementia-friendly facilities. Heritage and Archives Officer Philip Jeffs wrote a number of articles based on ephemera from Great Sankey, Burtonwood, Westbrook and Penketh and you can find the links to the articles below:

1. Fiddler’s Ferry Locks

2. The Golden Harrow

3. St. George’s Children’s Home

4. Westbrook, the Silver Jubilee District?

5. UFO’s Invade Sankey?

6. Burtonwood Peace Camp, 1982

7. Burtonwood Service Station

8. Great Sankey Forum

9. The Salvation Army Eventide Home, Penketh

10. Great Sankey Silver Jubilee

11. Sankey Marsh

12. St. Michael’s Burtonwood

13. Sankey Brook alias Stinking Brook

14. Sankey Land Boat Race, August 1981

15. Scrap Heap Challenge

16. Burtonwood Dahlia Queen, A Degrading Spectacle!

17. Warrington Borough’s Charter of Incorporation, 1847

18. Penketh Wesleyan Day School

19. Penketh and Sankey Boys Club and Youth Centre, Honiton Way

20. The General Strike 1926

21. Penketh British Legion

22. Lord Roberts, Boer War Hero, at Burtonwood?

Womans Suffrage in Warrington

As part of our celebrations of the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote for the first time, our volunteer Carol has been posting a series of articles about women campaigners in the town and their struggle for equal rights.

1. Dr Mary Anderson Noble

2. Mabel Capper, Part One

3. Lily Waring

4. Mabel Capper Part Two – Suffragette, Playwright and Warrington’s First Woman Journalist

5. Helen Parker

6. Frances Grace Timewell

7. Warrington’s Oldest New Voter in 1918

8. Warrington’s Working Women in WW1

9. Changing Attitudes to Women in WW1

10. Mrs Pankhurst’s Visit to Warrington – September 1905