A NEW display from the council's youth cabinet has launched at Leigh Town Hall taking inspiration from a school trip that took place 100 years ago.

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The youngsters developed the ‘Change Makers’ project at Archives: Wigan & Leigh after learning about a 1922 trip to London by Leigh school children.

The trip had been funded by the mayor and mayoress of Leigh for two children from each local school.

They made a scrapbook to show how special and unique the occasion was, and it was this scrapbook that the Youth Cabinet identified with.

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To mark the centenary of the trip, the YC members have developed and curated a window display, a website, and a film at Archives: Wigan & Leigh. It has been supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Archives.

Cllr Chris Ready, portfolio holder for culture at the council, said: “One hundred years ago school children from our borough made a special visit to London and documented that trip in a scrapbook which is on display at the Archives: Wigan & Leigh. 

"This new group of young people have now come together to draw comparisons and contrasts between their lives, creating a fascinating insight into how life has changed from the perspective of our youngest residents.

“I would really urge everyone to visit the archive facilities at Leigh Town Hall to gain a deeper understanding of the history, culture and heritage of Wigan and Leigh. The ‘Change Makers’ display is a brilliant addition to the already exciting content you can explore.”

The window display was launched on Monday, May 30, at Leigh Town Hall and features an interactive QR code which will link to the ‘Change Makers’ film and webpage on the ‘Wigan and Leigh Archives Online’ website. 

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People can view the film and the website on the Wigan and Leigh Archives Online website: archives.wigan.gov.uk/

To find out more about the work of Archives: Wigan & Leigh and how to get involved please contact archives@wigan.gov.uk.