Blacko pupils explore Lancs cotton indutry

CELEBRATIONS: Blacko Primary School pupils cheer as they are awarded a �17,400 Heritage Lottery Fund grant (S)
CELEBRATIONS: Blacko Primary School pupils cheer as they are awarded a �17,400 Heritage Lottery Fund grant (S)

Youngsters are being given the exciting opportunity to explore the heritage of the Lancashire cotton industry after their school was awarded £17,400.

Blacko Primary School has been granted the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund for “Project Weave”, which involves 100 pupils and community volunteers.

The children are learning about the history of the mills and cotton industry through heritage site visits and practical workshops. They will also be practising interview techniques and how to use equipment to help them gather and record conversations and information about life at the mill, as well as taking part in creative sessions with various artists.

Working with heritage experts at the mills, Project Weave participants will gain a deeper insight into an important part of their history, as well as teaching them valuable new skills.

Paula Halstead, manager at First Teach Tutoring said: “I enjoyed writing, planning and organising the project. I am pleased to have been able to help the school.

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will give the children an understanding of their heritage in an educational, fun and creative way.”

Headteacher Mark Harrison added: “This project has really enthused the pupils. They have loved visiting various local mills and are looking forward to working with some of our skilled local weavers and using different materials such as glass.

“It gives them a real feel of their heritage and will also create a legacy for the school which will be visible for many years.”

And Sara Hilton, head of HLF North West, said: “Lancashire’s industrial heritage is something we can all take pride in, making the area what it is today. I’m delighted that this award will enable those stories and skills to be captured and shared with future generations.”

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