‘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.

No current events- 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.


The story of the Royal Palace Gardens, Raikes Hall, Blackpool

by Barry Shaw

Before we had Blackpool Tower & the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool residents flocked to the Royal Palace Gardens. Discover the history of this amazing area with Barry Shaw in our new Bygone Days event.

Thursday 20 November 2014
Blackpool Central Library

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.

No current events- keep 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

10 thoughts on “LOCAL&FAMILY HISTORY

  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.

    • Hi Susan,
      Sorry for the late reply.
      If you sign up to our mailing list which can be found on the right hand column of the page, you will get updates of all our upcoming events, including local history talks.
      If you’re ever in the area, our local and family history centre is a treasure trove of information and our local history librarians would be more than happy to have a chat with you about your family history.

    • Morning Mr Bancroft,
      Unfortunately this service was withdrawn last week and the website has not be updated to reflect this as yet.
      If you pop into any Blackpool Library, we’d be happy to join you as a member. It only takes a couple of minutes and no ID is necessary.
      Thanks and apologies for the inconvenience.

  2. As some one who is now living in Kent I wish to access photo’s and such with regard possible research pertaining to family history. My late parents had stalls on the sands in the early 1950;s when I was a small child. Would like to view such photo’s if any exist. Thank You. Susan Whiston.

    • Hi Susan,
      The best person for you to contact with this query is Tony Sharkey, the local history librarian who oversees our Local & Family History Centre.
      His email address is tony.sharkey@blackpool.gov.uk or you can contact him on 01253 478090
      It sounds like your family have an interesting history and I hope that we can help you find the information that you’re looking for.

      • “Thank You” for the message and the information. My childhood was wonderful spending most of the summer days on the beach whilst may parents ran the stalls. I was about three or four years old at the time. Still remember my father driving an open top American jeep along the prom’ whilst I sat on the back seat with wind in my hair and a smile on my face. If any one in is interested in a short article,please let me know. Susan (Whiston).

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