‘You live as long as you are remembered’

Blackpool Library Service - Local and Family History

Blackpool Central library is lucky enough to be the home of an extensive collection of books, photographs and newspapers which uncover the history and heritage of Blackpool and the Fylde.

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner

Family History Course

Local History Librarian, Tony Sharkey, will be teaching a course on how to research your Family Tree. This course is perfect for beginners and is perfect for getting started on your Family Tree, a very rewarding and popular hobby for many people.

Keep checking back for new events

For more information, please contact Tony Sharkey.
01253 478090

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner

Bygone Days
Senior Librarian and local historian, Tony Sharkey, hosts a series of free talks relating to Blackpool and its exciting past. Topics already covered include Entertainment Impresario and the role of Blackpool in World War II. Talks take place at Blackpool Central Library at 2pm- all welcome.

There is no need to book but seats fill up fast.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 22 May 2014
Literary visitors to Blackpool & the Fylde
by Gerry Wolstenholme

Thursday 19 June 2014
Historic Thornton-Cleveleys from the Ralph Smedley Collection
by Local History Librarian, Tony Sharkey

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner
Family History Taster Sessions for the over 60′s
The Local and Family History Centre will guide you in tracing your family tree using the online census records. It doesn’t matter if you are a whizz on the computers or a complete novice; these helpful workshops will enable you to uncover your family history and start putting together your family tree.
All sessions take place in the Local and Family History Centre in Blackpool Central Library between 2-4pm and are completely free. Please call to book on 01253 478090.

Check checking back for upcoming events

For more information on any upcoming events,
please phone the Local and Family History Centre on 01253 478090
or email: localhistory.centre@blackpool.gov.uk


  1. I would like to receive details of any talks or exhibitions. I was born and bred in Blackpool as were my grandparents, one branch the Whalley’s from Staining, farmers long before.

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