Picturing War MemoriesBudding artists from St Helens College put paint to paper to reveal the memories and thoughts of World War II survivors.

Mansion House at the beautifully refurbished Victoria Park, St Helens, home to Age UK, commissioned the College’s talented Art and Design students to bring to life the thoughts of those who lived through war in St Helens.

The students gained their inspiration and knowledge for the project by meeting with the survivors who discussed their experiences, thoughts and feelings.

The Second World War had a huge impact on St Helens with blackouts, air raid sirens and rationing becoming a way of life for local residents. 

After months of hard work and dedication the aspiring artists proudly presented Mansion House with the artwork which reflects the emotions of the local community who lived through such a difficult time in the world’s history.

Level 2 Art and Design student, Alexander Mawdsley, 17, said, “It has been a fantastic project to be a part of. It’s a great feeling to know we are giving something back to the community and that we are able to retell some of the survivor’s experiences through our artwork. It has been a great team effort and an excellent project to be a part of.”

Louise Anderson, 17, added, “I am extremely pleased with the results of the project and I hope the visitors to Mansion House enjoy the artwork just as much as I have creating it. It has been a rewarding project and I hope to bring my family and friends along to show them the excellent work of the group.”

The artwork will be displayed at Mansion House for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon.

To find out more information about Art and Design courses at St Helens College call us on 0800 99 66 99.