Heritage Lottery Fund
Final Exhibition Event
Liverpool Central Library
THE BIRTH OF CLUB RUGBY, the Liverpool St Helens Heritage Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has now almost run its course, ending its Exhibition tour of libraries with an outstanding event at Liverpool Central Library in June led by Fran Cotton and attended by a large number of supporters, contributors and club members.
Fran shared some of his memories of a “hugely enjoyable” four seasons at the Liverpool Club where he learnt many things to do and what not to do, that helped him in his later career. He was joined by former players and England Internationals Kevin Simms and David Roughley in unveiling memorabilia from the club’s long and rich past.
Assembled guests heard about the different aspects of the project including the comprehensive Club archive built at Liverpool Record Office by the Project Archivist Vicki Caren with our HLF grant; and now permanently housed at the Record Office, Liverpool Central Library, whose invaluable practical support and help to the project is greatly appreciated.
Dave Bixter, the Project’s Educational Co-
Our North West region HLF Case Officer, Nick Herepath, was also in attendance and praised the quality of our project.
The exhibition is now scheduled to be displayed in Cowley School and St Helens College, two of our valued partners in the Project; and a final closure event is planned to take place at the home of Liverpool St Helens FC, Moss Lane, in the Autumn.
Fran was joined by fellow former players and England Internationals Kevin Simms and Dave Roughley in unveiling memorabilia from the clubs' long and rich past. Assembled guests heard about the different elements of the project including the comprehensive archive now established in the Liverpool Record Office. Dave Bixter, our project Educational Coordinator showcased his work with over 600 primary schoolchidren from 25 schools in St Helens to be continued in Liverpool during June