Welcome

...to the Birkenhead History Society's website. Our passion is for the history of the Wirral Peninsula, and of the town of Birkenhead in particular. Birkenhead is often overshadowed by its neighbour, Liverpool, but has its own unique and interesting history. It was at the forerunner of the Parks Movement, and first place in Europe with street tramway, to name just a few of the little known facts.

We run a regular series of talks and visits throughout the year, on a variety of local history topics, meeting on the third Thursday of every month at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. More details can be found on the relevant pages on the rest of the site.

Interested in Family History?

If you are looking for information on your family, perhaps to trace your geneaology and build your family tree, then we recommend you contact the following organisations to see if they can help:

Wirral Archive Services - council-run, a number of key collections are held here
Wirral History and Heritage Association
or the Birkenhead Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire

The Birkenhead History Society focuses on the civic history aspects of the town, rather than family history, and most of the documents we have relate to that subject.

Recent Site News

The new 2013/2014 programme is now available here.