Schoolchildren have celebrated the conclusion of a project to explore some of the less well known stories about Keighley’s past.

Six schools and more than 100 pupils took part in the venture, called “Hidden Keighley”.

It was part of a Government initiative, Creative Partnerships, which uses innovative techniques to stimulate youngsters.

Our Lady of Victories Primary School was initially one of only 26 schools nationally chosen to participate.

But it was joined by pupils from five other local schools — St Joseph’s, St Anne’s and Parkwood primary schools, Holy Family Catholic School and Beechcliffe School.

The children used computers, video, radio and art to reveal secrets about Keighley’s history.

Our Lady of Victories uncovered life in Keighley’s mills through the eyes of a model Victorian girl made from plaster of Paris.

Children at St Joseph’s looked at the old cinemas of Keighley, while Parkwood examined tales of hauntings at the Brown Cow pub.

Holy Family unearthed the history of the bandstand at Cliffe Castle, Beechcliffe revealed the history of Braithwaite School — which is 80 this year — while St Anne’s investigated Damside’s links with 19th century Irish immigration.

John Devlin, Our Lady of Victories headteacher, said: “There was a wonderful exhibition of the pupils’ work at Cliffe Castle and a film presentation and awards ceremony at the Keighley Picture House.

“Each school made an award for another school and these were presented by the town mayor, councillor Ian Wilson.

“This has been hugely successful. Together, we have created a collaborative 21st century learning project that we are all proud of. We have given children the opportunity to learn outside the classroom using modern technologies and working with quality practitioners.”

Project organiser Catherine Royston said: “The children have made some wonderful films and podcasts.

“Their history trail was a joy and the awards show at the cinema was very memorable for everyone involved.

“Thanks to all the children, teachers and the artists who made this possible, including Amy Hield, Mark Waddington and Mary Dowson.”