Salford schoolchildren are to get hands-on with technology and archaeology to unearth Worsley Green’s industrial past – without having to lift a single spade.
Over 100 youngsters from three Salford primary schools will use high tech geo-physical mapping equipment to peel away the layers of history beneath their feet as part of British Science Week 2017 (10 to 19 March.)
Experts from the University of Salford’s archaeology department, will show the youngsters from Boothstown Methodist Primary School, Godfrey Ermen Memorial Primary School, Eccles and St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Worsley that the picturesque green was once a busy industrial site with factories and a train track. The children will create a picture of what lies under the grass to take back to school.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “The landscape around the Bridgewater Canal has seen great changes over the years – but many of those changes are now hidden below ground.
“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.”
The day will also include poetry about the works yard and archaeological objects and the children will work with performers to create a new poem about Worsley at the height of the Industrial Revolution by vocalising the sounds of a busy, working yard. They will also work with an artist to create plaster relief models of objects such as nails, horseshoes, keys and buttons which leave an imprint in the ground.
And the public will have their chance to use the same technology at the Muddy Fingers Fete on Sunday 19 March. Experts from the University of Salford will be at Worsley Green from 10am to 3pm showing off the geo-physical mapping technology.
There will also be tales of archaeology, 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’s 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.