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Watch fabulous films from Knowsley Archive’s Video Vault

by Sandra Issar

As lockdown continues, why not dip into the ARK Video Vault to rediscover some of the fabulous short films which were created through the National Heritage Lottery Fund supported community projects over the last few years?

Sing and dance along to some traditional folk tunes revived from ‘The Huyton Music Book’ – accompanied by noted musician John O’Connell, or find out about Huyton’s world famous railway heritage in ‘Chuffed to Bits’.

Liverpool is scheduled to host the Special Olympics GB Summer Games in 2021 but did you know Kirkby hosted the first Special Olympics in Britain in 1982? The short film ‘Knowsley Special Olympics’ tells the amazing story.

Especially poignant following the commemoration of the VE Day 75th Anniversary is a series of filmed interviews which recall three very different lived experiences in Huyton during World War II. Dr. Goldsmith, a former internee at Huyton Internment Camp; Erich Kirste, a prisoner of war at the Longview Lane camp and Terry Hughes, a Huyton resident, all recount their stories.

All of these films and more are available to view and enjoy on the ARK’s Video Vault.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

There are some real gems in the ARK’s video vault and now is a perfect time to dip in to the collection and rediscover, or perhaps learn for the first time, about the borough’s rich and varied history and heritage.”

Don’t forget that, even though the ARK is closed to visitors due to the pandemic the Archive Service is still available to answer your family and local history enquiries, email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4291, plus Ancestry, the family history website, is free to access during lockdown.