The history of a local landmark is soon to be uncovered by a brand new performance in St Helens libraries, as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs events programme.
If you’ve ever walked across the Steve Prescott Bridge towards the Saints RLFC stadium, you’ll likely have seen a dilapidated, red brick building among the trees and greenery. Perhaps you wondered about its history?
This is Cannington Shaw, and in the 19th Century it was part of the largest glass bottle-making factory in the world.
Community group Friends of Cannington Shaw has partnered with St Helens Council’s arts and library services to look back at the building and its heritage with a new performance, ‘A Day in the Life of a Bottlehand’, celebrating the lives and stories – some real and some imagined – of the people who worked there centuries past.
Councillor Sue Murphy, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services and Libraries, said: “This free event presents a fresh approach to celebrating our heritage, and is especially poignant given St Helens’ 150th anniversary festivities this year.
“Glass production and manufacture is at the root of our local history, so it will be very interesting to see stories of this time and topic brought to life in our libraries. Many thanks to the Friends of Cannington Shaw for their hard work on this project, in collaboration with our library and arts services.”
See it for free on Thursday 15 March in Rainford Library at 2:30pm or Thatto Heath Library at 7pm. Places may fill up, indeed the 11:30am show at Garswood Library has sold out already, so please book yours online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk.
For more fantastic events like this visit www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk, or pick up a brochure in any St Helens library.
Cultural Hubs, the nationally-renowned arts-in-libraries programme, is delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service and funded through The National Lottery distributed through Arts Council England.