SALFORD schoolchildren this week will have the chance to use technology and archaeology to unearth the industrial past of Worsley Green.
As part of British Science Week 2017 (10 to 19 March), three primary schools from Salford with over 100 children will get involved in a programme that uses high tech geo-physical mapping equipment to discover the history beneath their feet.
With the help of experts from the University of Salford’s archaeology department, the children from Godfrey Ermen Memorial Primary School, Boothstown Methodist Primary School, Eccles and St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Worsley will be shown that the picturesque and artistic green was once an industrial site with train track and factories.
Jane Woodall, Senior Communication Officer at the Salford City Council
According to Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, the places around Bridgewater Canal has suffered great changes over the past years and multiple changes are hidden below the ground.
He said: “This is a fantastic use of science and technology to remind a whole new generation of the importance of the canal – and a great way to bring British Science Week and our heritage to life for children.”
Jane Woodall, Senior Communication Officer at the Salford City Council, broke down the programme of the event and the pupils are on site Monday March 13, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 3pm and they will be split into three groups.
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Artist Angie Thompson will work with the children to create plaster relief moulds of items that could be found underneath the Green and leave an imprint in the soil – such as nails, horseshoes, keys and buttons.
The public will also have the chance to use the same technology at the Muddy Fingers Fete on Sunday 19 March when experts from the University of Salford will be at Worsley Green from 10am to 3pm showing off the geo-physical mapping technology.
Tales of archaeology will not miss and there will be a chance for children to become apprentices for a day at the Institute of Ingenious Invention where they’ll make their own moving gadget to take home and curious families can take a chance on the mysterious Tombola of Time.
It is all part of Est.1761, a programme of activities to inspire and engage local communities with the story of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford as it undergoes a £5.5million restoration thanks to £3.6million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from Salford City Council and Peel Holdings.