Youth Cabinet Launches Change Maker Exhibition at Wigan and Leigh Archive

The Change Makers project was developed by the members, after hearing about a trip to London in 1922 by schoolchildren from Leigh.

The trip was funded by the Mayor and Mayoress of Leigh for two children from each local school. They created an album to show how special and unique the occasion was, something the CJ identified with.

To mark the centenary of the voyage, YC members developed and curated a showcase, website and film at the Archives: Wigan and Leigh.

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It was supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Archives.

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Councilor Chris Ready, holder of the culture portfolio at Wigan Council, said: “A hundred years ago schoolchildren from our borough made a special visit to London and documented that journey in a scrapbook which is on display in 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. Hall to better understand 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 showcase launched in May at Leigh Town Hall and features an interactive QR code.

You can view the film and website at the Wigan and Leigh Archive on line