Halliwell Local History Society, Three Months at All Souls

Halliwell Local History Society (HLHS) launched their Heritage Centre at All Souls back in February. We asked committee member Alan Simpson how he thought things were going, 3 months in.

“We’ve had one very successful launch event, and we’ve more events planned. We’ve certainly generated a lot of interest in the local community. We’ve got our volunteers now in position, they’re on hand between 10am and 3pm to answer questions any visitors might have about local history. They also sell books and prints, and look after our archives.

We’ve adjusted our opening hours to cover the lunch period, this is because we realised that people like to visit the Heritage Centre when they come to Rosanna’s café for lunch, so we decided we would cover that period of the day too.

As a society it’s given our members the opportunity to get involved in a hands-on way. Now that we’ve got these facilities they can spend a couple of hours a week doing research. So when it’s quiet they’ve got the opportunity to further their knowledge, and the more knowledge they have the better it is for people who come in. Our base at Smithills hall was a closed shop, this is much more accessible.

I still think there’s a long way to get yet, but we’re on the only Heritage Centre of its kind in the area.”

The HLHS Heritage Centre offers:

  • Picture gallery of old Halliwell and Bolton
  • Displays of maps, artefacts and old notices
  • Sales of books, photographs and CDs
  • Categorised newspaper cuttings
  • Expert advice on local history
  • Monthly Reminiscence Society
  • Also on display is the locally famous ‘Doffcocker Village Model’ .

A Reminiscence society launches on 7th June which will meet the first Wednesday of the month, from 10am until around 11.15. Attendees can pre-order a lunch from Rosanna’s cafe, to be served on finishing.

For more information about visiting the Heritage Centre or getting involved Contact HLHS on 01204 597644 or ring through the All Souls Bolton line on 01204 385 868