"Stone" Thornton Heritage Project
Stone is an exciting new collaboration between South Square Centre and Thornton Antiquarian Society, who are working together to create an accessible archive of local history material, develop education resources for schools and run heritage events and activities for local people. It has been made possible with funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Thornton Heritage Trails: Exhibition and Launch
Three exciting new heritage trails for Thornton and Keelham have been produced as part of a 12 month education project with Thornton and Keelham primary schools. Pupils and staff from the schools worked with freelance education officer, Charlotte Derry and artist, Simon Warner to develop artwork and content for the three trails.
The trails feature the areas around Keelham, the site of the old railway station in Thornton Primary School grounds and the centre of Thornton Village. Whilst the trails have been developed primarily for schools’ use, we will be looking into the possibility of using them with a wider audience.
The work undertaken by the schools will be documented in a small exhibition in the community room at South Square Centre. Central to the exhibition are two large map-models that were created in a series of artist led workshops and which form the basis of the artwork for the trails. The exhibition will be open Tuesday - Sunday, 12.00 - 3.00 from Saturday 5 until Sunday 27 October, 2013. Admission is free.
Thornton From the Ground Up!
Bradford author, William Cudworth, writing in about 1876 said there were upwards of thirty quarries in Thornton. That’s a lot of quarries! Where were they all? Where did it all start? What was so special about Thornton’s stone? This exhibition in the Community Room at South Square Centre explores how the underlying geology of Thornton gave rise not just to quarrying but also to coal mining and fireclay industries in Thornton.
The exhibition brings together research, images, artefacts and other material from the Thornton Antiquarian Society archive to tell the story of these local industries. Who were the quarrymen and what were their lives like? Why did the Walls of Jericho come tumbling down? Why are coal, clay and stone found in close proximity to each other? Visit the exhibition to find the answers to these questions and discover more about the place where you live. The exhibition runs from Saturday 6 July – Sunday 1 September and admission is free. Gallery opening times Tuesday – Sunday from 12.00 – 3.00.
Helen Broadhead will be running a series of heritage walks to complement the exhibition. Click here to find out more.
Art and Heritage Come Together in Local Schools
Artist and photographer, Simon Warner is working alongside the project's freelance education officer, Charlotte Derry to develop teaching materials for local schools. Charlotte is delivering heritage discovery sessions with the children and Simon will be using his skills to run workshops to create images for a new heritage trail that can be used by local schools to discover more about the history of the Thornton area.
Work with Keelham Primary School has already begun and the children have been introduced to some of the many materials lodged in the archive using old maps, photographs and artefacts to find out more about the Keelham area. Local people have also played their part by contributing their memories of times past helping to bring history alive for the children. The education work will continue until the end of the summer term with sessions also taking place at Thornton Primary School. The heritage trail will be supported by a range of other materials about local history that teachers can use to support their lessons.
For images of the education sessions at Keehlam Primary School click here.
Developing the Archive
Volunteers continue to develop the archive in a number of ways. Cataloguing is well underway and by the end of the project, the aim is to have a catalogue of all the material held both as a paper reference copy and electronically. This should make it much easier to find information about the history of Thornton for anyone involved in education or research work.
Some of the material in the archive is fragile which is why a number of volunteers are learning how to make and store digital images of photographs and other delicate items. Our volunteers have been working with volunteers from an extensive digital archive, Pennine Horizons in Hebden Bridge, sharing their expertise and skills. Keeping digital copies has another advantage. You may have photographs of interest to other people but which you want to keep. If that's the case we can now scan your image and return the original to you. Get in touch and find out more.
Work is also about to start on collecting stories from local people. A number of people will shortly be interviewed about their work in local quarries and coal mines. But we also want to capture other stories of interest about Thornton. So if you have a story to tell, do get in touch.
For images of the volunteer training workshops click here.
Thornton is on the Map!
Click here for images of the show.
The Stone heritage project is for everyone in Thornton and the surrounding area so please do get involved. You can do this in a number of ways. We will be collecting stories for the archive next year and want to hear from anyone with an interesting story to tell. Watch out for details of drop-in days when you can find out more about the archive and the material it holds. Come along to the next exhibition and discover more about the place where you live. Or do something different - become a project volunteer. Learn new skills, meet new people and help to develop the Thornton Archive.
The project is being managed by Lorraine Greenald and this webpage will be updated as the project progresses so watch out for news about how you can get involved and any events that are planned. You can also contact us on the project email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph courtesy of Thornton Antiquarian Society.
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