Appeal for more volunteers to help bring history to life in Keighley

Councillor Val Slater

Councillor Val Slater

First published in News

A project that brings history to life for children is proving a massive success.

Since the My Place initiative was launched, educational heritage sessions have been staged for more than 1,000 youngsters in Keighley and Bradford.

Highlights of the scheme have included an archaeological dig in the grounds of Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Museum, held last summer.

Now organisers of the venture, which is entering its final seven months, are seeking more volunteers to get involved.

The two-year lottery-funded project – run by West Yorkshire Joint Services, with support from Bradford Museums and Galleries – has held a range of events, workshops and exhibitions to promote the district’s rich heritage.

Pupils from more than 20 schools are involved.

Additional volunteers are needed to share their experiences of growing up or working in the communities, to help with excavations or learn how to record and archive material.

Councillor Val Slater, chairman of West Yorkshire’s archives, archaeology and trading standards committee, said: “This project is a wonderful initiative to encourage young people and local residents to engage with their heritage and communities.

“The more we understand about our local history, the more we can learn to appreciate it and ensure it is there for future generations to discover and enjoy.”

E-mail Hayley McCarthy at or Rachel Tapp at for further details.

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