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Garston Park Church

The Garston and District Historical Society was founded in 1979 and is very much a research based organisation which
aims to study and record all aspects of local Garston township history. We maintain an extensive archive of material relating to Garston including many old artefacts, maps, publications, industrial records and photographs. We currently have in progress a project to digitise, as far as possible, these records.( See Projects tab opposite for details of this and other other major projects)

Any one for tea?

During each month, the Society holds a number of meetings. These include a
Speaker Meeting held in the Meeting Room at Garston Park Church (formerly Island Rd Methodist Church), Garston Old Road at 7.30pm, usually on the first Friday in the month. There is a small entrance charge of 3 (members 2) to include tea and biscuits. This is the main open meeting, usually held at 7.30pm on the first Friday of the month. This is a lecture or talk and subjects are very wide ranging on local history to do with Garston, Liverpool, Merseyside or further afield. During summer months visits to other historical places and local historical 'walkabouts' are arranged. There is an annual full day's outing to a place of historical interest plus and annual dinner in December. For fuller details, click on Meetings tab to the left.

Society visit to the Stockport Hat Museum !!

Visit to the Churnett Valley Railway

The Society also has its own
research room where a monthly working group is held. Within this group you are able to research into different aspects of local history. All meetings are very informal, friendly and definitely for the person with 'just an interest', though specialists are of course also welcome. We also have a regular monthly Work Evening for those members just interested in browsing our archives. Fuller details may be found by clicking on the Meetings tab opposite.

The Society published much of its research in the form of regular
Archive Leaflets and larger 'Past and Present', featuring items of local historical interest. In addition we publish the written memories of Garston people. These are available to purchase from the society at a modest charge. (click on Publications tab opposite for more details).

The Garston and District Historical Society is also actively involved in researching the
industrial history and heritage of Garston which extends back some 800 years.

Garston Revisited Book Launch at the Garston Reading Room

The Society wrote the best selling book in the
Images of England Archive Photographs series on Garston, published by The Chalford Publishing Company Ltd. The sequel to this - Garston Revisited - published by Tempus - has been on sale since September 2007 price 12.99 and is available from the Garston Historical Society (see Publications link opposite) or the publishers.

The Society has also produced a video entitled '
The Story of Garston'. Other ventures have been the publication, in conjunction with Garston Parish Church, of a facsimile edition of the Rev. Swift's book on Garston and Its Church, first published in 1937 and a Special Edition of the Garston News in conjunction with the Garston News Team.

Periodically the Society organises local history exhibitions in local venues around Garston:

Garston Historical SocietyLocal History Exhibition at Garston Park Church

or takes part in major local history events such as the Big History Show at St George's Hall, Liverpool:

St George's Hall Liverpool : Big History Show

Such varied exhibitions have proved a popular and effective way of generating interest in Garston's history.

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