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37,000 secured for history project
Monday 20th October, 2014

WLCT has received 37,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project that will engage young people with Wigan Borough's rich and varied history through pottery.

A Potter's Tale: Everyday Wigan life told through fragments of history will give young people the opportunity to develop a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life. They will shape its content, look and feel, whilst also learning key skills around project management, marketing and curating.

Rob Sanderson, of WLCT, said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable this project to be carried out for the benefit of young people across the borough, who will be able to learn about their local history and hone their creativity."

WLCT will work in partnership with Wigan Youth Zone, CraftWorks in Standish and Creativity for Change CIC (Huddersfield) on the project.

Working with CraftWorks, young people will develop pottery pieces that tell the story of Wigan, marking the history of ceramics in the borough and using this to help paint a picture of domestic, working and everyday life whether it be watching a rugby match, working in a colliery, or spending time in one of the parks. The finished pottery work will be displayed alongside other objects in the exhibition.

The young people will select items from the museum collection that they feel best illustrate this side of Wigan's past, helping to tell their own story of local history and reflecting on more recent history - the history we have all been living through and making together.

Cllr Paul Kenny, Wigan Council's Cabinet member for Leisure, said: "I am delighted that this funding has been secured from HLF to support this worthwhile project, which will teach valuable skills to young people and educate them about the borough's history at the same time."

The funding has been granted under the HLF's Young Roots programme, which supports projects that engage young people, aged 11 to 25, with heritage in the UK.

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