Do you remember when there were elephants on Southport Beach? Or when the electric tram passed through Crosby?

It is said that an image tells a thousand words and Sefton Looking Back is a window into the rich history and stories of the Sefton coast and its diverse communities.

The most extensive archive of images in the borough, covering everything from Southport’s heritage as a tourist destination to Bootle’s May Day Queen of 1926, Sefton Looking Back has an array of pictures that can add value to your service spaces, social media and enhance customer experiences.

Launched in June 2015, Sefton Looking Back was created using historic image archives at Crosby Library, which date back to 1850.

Categories of images include People; Coast; Transport; Buildings; Docks; Churches; Roads; World War 1; World War 2; Bomb Damage or you can discover images specific to where you live under Townships.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “Enjoying Sefton’s rich cultural heritage has just got easier, as ‘Sefton looking back’ offers the public online access to a wealth of photographs from the library archive.

“It is really easy to access all the images through a search engine and over time the library will be expanded to include more historical artifacts.

“The images offer a real historical insight to our great borough and how it has changed over centuries.

“Visitors to the site also have the opportunity to buy any images they spot to keep forever.”

Images are available to purchase from the archive, priced at £2.50 for a digital download, £11 for a 4x6in image and £14 for an 8x10in image. Prices include VAT.

To find out more, contact Sefton Council’s Library Services on 0151 934 5773 or by email: Alternatively, you can contact Sefton Library Service via Facebook or Twitter 

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