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Teaching children about their heritage on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Your generous donations have helped us work with local children to create and install a series of attractive and informative panels on this famous Yorkshire Canal.

A bridge over the Huddersfield Narrow CanalWe've been working with the children from Slaithwaite School to help teach them about the history of the village, Slaithwaite Reservoir and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

As part of the project they helped to design new steel safety panels attached to the footbridge between Slaithwaite Village and the Junior & Infant School.

We didn't want to add boring plain old panels up and so the children took inspiration from a a visit to Standedge Visitor Centre and the Colne Valley Museum. The results are a set of attractive panels, which tell us about the the area's rich industrial heritage.

The local community uses the footpath around the reservoir and canal every day and can now enjoy walking past these colourful depictions of the area's history thanks to this innovative project.

Safe and attractive route

The children's 24 best ideas were chosen and turned into permanent designs in pierced steel panels, which were then powder-coated in pastel colours and fixed to the new footbridge at the reservoir.

£3,000 was raised towards the cost of the steel panels, which now provide a safe and attractive route between the canal and the village. As well as your donations we also received funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, which paid for artists Bristow & Lloyd who devised the art workshops.

This project has raised the profile of the important role that the reservoir and canal play within the village of Slaithwaite, ensuring the fascinating historical information about the area is permanently recorded.