Wirral Archives Service News and Events

School Admission Registers for England and Wales available online at Wirral Archives Service

School admission registers for England and Wales from 1870 to 1914 are available for free via the Find my Past website at Wirral Archives Service.

These records have been digitised and made available through a national digitisation project involving Brightsolid (the company which runs Find my Past) and a number of archives and record offices across England and Wales, including Wirral Archives Service.

Researchers can now discover their ancestors who went to school in England and Wales between 1870 and 1914, explore their school records to find their birth date, admission year and the school they attended, and even discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

Currently there are 1,729,441 records available to search from 13 counties in England and Wales: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire (including Stockport as well as the Wirral), Devon, Glamorganshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Surrey and Wiltshire, and also Westminster. Updates to these records, adding further counties, will be published in 2015.

The Wirral schools for which there are admission registers between these dates are:

  • Birkenhead Institute (B/320) – includes a reference to Wilfred Owen
  • Leasowe Hospital School (W/341)
  • Minto House School, Meols (YMH)
  • Temple Road Council School (later Prenton Secondary Modern School for Boys) (B/337)
  • St Luke’s School, Tranmere (B/332)
  • St Mary’s School, Birkenhead (B/333)

Please feel free to visit Wirral Archives to search the Find my Past website for these records. 

First World War records in Wirral Archives

You can download the list of records relating to the First World War, which are held by Wirral Archives Service.

If you wish to consider depositing any original records you have from the First World War with Wirral Archives Service, ownership would remain with you, while we will keep them in an acid-free box within a temperature and humidity controlled Strong Room, and make them available to researchers.

If you would like to discuss this option, please contact the Wirral Council Archivist, Will Meredith, using the contact details at the top of the right hand side of this page.


Second World War Book of Remembrance

Owing to the building works currently going on at Birkenhead Town Hall, the Second World War Book of Remembrance normally kept there (in order to be close to the War Memorial in Hamilton Square) has been temporarily transferred to Wirral Archives Service, where all visitors are very welcome to inspect it.


Current Exhibitions

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Wirral Archives is running a small, ongoing exhibition of items concerning the war drawn from our holdings. This includes photographs, artefacts, newspaper cuttings and official records, including images from the collection of Cammell Laird shipbuilders.

The exhibition, held in the Search Room, and will change each year of the centenary to reflect the progress of the war.


Feedback Form Survey 2014 

Wirral Archives Service collected visitor feedback from 1 April to 9 May 2014. Here is a summary of the results. 

Satisfaction Ratings (out of 5)

  • The service you received: 4.97
  • The search room and its resources: 4.86
  • The accessibility of Wirral Archives Service: 4.56

Purpose of visit

  • Family history: 41 per cent
  • Local history and other research: 51 per cent
  • House History: 3 per cent
  • Other: 5 per cent

Where did you travel from?

86 per cent of our visitors came from across Wirral, with others from Liverpool, North Wales, and further afield.

How did you hear about Wirral Archives Service? 

30 per cent discovered Wirral Archives on the internet, 22 per cent through a library, and 11 per cent by word of mouth.

Comments and Suggestions

Once again the comments frequently mentioned the helpfulness of the staff and the excellence of the service.

A couple of respondents commented on the lack of visitor parking in the Cheshire Lines car park. This is owned by the private landlord, and all available spaces are now used by Council staff and the extra staff at the two new businesses in the Cheshire Lines Building. However in addition to the Bridge Street car park, car users may use the pay and display public car parks available near Conway Park Station and on Cleveland Street.

New Research Service

Wirral Archives has established a Research Service for enquirers who cannot visit in person. The Service can pursue any family or local history research into the archives or library books held by Wirral Archives. The charge is £20 per hour, up to a maximum of five hours. You can find further details about this under the Wirral Archives Research Service page.

Laptops and Digital Cameras

It is now possible to plug in laptops and digital cameras in the Search Room – they just need to be used with one of our new circuit breakers (i.e. RCDs, or Residual Current Devices). Just ask at the desk for one.


Wirral Archive Service regularly hosts or attends events which you may be interested in. All events will be listed in the What's on section of this website.

Wirral Archives Service also runs a free monthly workshop aimed at everyone from schoolchildren to family and local history groups. The sessions will be brought to life with original documents and cover topics including family history, the history of Wirral, schools and education, and Wirral at war.

For more information see the Workshops page.