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New Knowsley Archive website and online catalogue


Knowsley has a brand new online archive catalogue and new and improved local history website– making it possible to search many of the archive’s collections online for the first time.

Combining the history of Knowsley’s townships, historic photographs and time lines, the new, totally refreshed and updated ARK website is your one stop shop for local and family history.

Improved local and family history website

The ARK website is a rich resource for all family historians and researchers with access to information about birth, marriage and death records, census returns and much more.

Arranged by townships, the improved online local history collections feature photo galleries, timelines and history; detailing origins of the township’s name and heritage.

New content is being regularly added and the website has feeds from The ARK’s Twitter and Facebook accounts so you can keep up to date with all the latest developments. You can also access all The ARK’s social media platforms, including Soundcloud, Flickr and YouTube from the website homepage.

New online archive catalogue

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund support, it’s now possible for the first time to search many of the archive’s collections online using the brand new online archive catalogue.

The online catalogue is your key to the Archive collections, and includes digital images of  manuscripts, documents, photographs and many other types of material held by the archive including records of local government in Knowsley from 1974 and the predecessor district and parish councils.

The online catalogue is continually being added to and updates are currently underway, so if you can’t find what you are looking for get in touch with The ARK and staff will check the off line resources.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“Knowsley’s archive – The ARK – houses thousands of documents, volumes, photographs, maps and much more. The collection is constantly growing and there’s been some really interesting additions through the Heritage Lottery Fund supported projects, including engaging short films and artefacts from around the world.


“It’s fantastic that the collection has been digitised to provide an online resource that allows people to search and view items from the archive. It also means it’s now easier than ever for anyone researching their family tree or local history to access information online.”

Keep in touch

Follow The ARK on Twitter @knowsleyarchive, read the blog Knowsley Archives, keep up to date through Knowsley Archives Facebook, and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, Wordpress and Soundcloud.

Alternatively, you can contact the ARK by emailing infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk or calling 0151 443 4365, or visit the ARK at the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY