Liam Brogan and his nan Cicely Maunder in front of his exhibition.
Meet Liam Brogan (pictured).
The Beech Hill lad has just opened a display of his work at John Tiernan House on Ribble Road in Platt Bridge. The exhibition, about the Holocaust and role of his family in fighting for freedom in two world wars, transfers to Shevington High at the end of February.
It’s a remarkable achievement for any 14 year old, but all the more so because last year, Liam was branded one of the ‘Wild Runts’ in the national press following reports of ASBOs he and a group of locals were given.
Pamela Jones, from the council’s youth offending team, says: “Liam is someone we are now really proud of. He has worked hard to try to repair the harm he caused by writing to those he had upset. His exhibition is impressive and I urge people to take time to see it and understand that negativities about teenagers can really cause prejudice and problems”.
It was a year ago that Liam got involved with a group of young people whose behaviour cause so much alarm in Beech Hill that they were all given criminal ASBOs in August 2008. But since he started working alongside the youth offending team, Liam’s behaviour has transformed. All the youths are completing a locally designed programme of work called ‘Dealing with Difference’, helping them to explore their own prejudices and behaviour.
Liam has gone a stage further with the help of his nan, Cicely Maunder. He’s been looking into family history. Cicely, who cares for Liam, told him about their relatives who fought, died or were injured during the World Wars. Liam visited the Imperial War Museum and gathered information from books, newspapers and websites to create a display featuring his family, people at war, life in the trenches and the victims of the holocaust.
Liam says: “The best thing that doing this work has done for me is to teach my about my family and its history. I am proud that my great uncles gave more than enough to protect us all.”