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Heritage Skills Day connects young people to our waterways

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On Wednesday 17 January twenty four young people from around Sheffield braved the snowy weather and came to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to have a go at blacksmithing, traditional woodwork, fishing, felt making and building with earth and clay.

Comments from the day included:

“I was invited today to bring a few young people. Thank you for the wonderful experience they have had a brilliant time and learnt new skills.”

“I think that it was a really good experience and you learned a lot and had fun.”

“The Heritage Skills day was brilliant and it was everything I expected.”

“Brilliant day, manic at times but brilliant. Can't wait for the next one”


The event was designed to give young people a taster of heritage crafts and skills that are connected to Yorkshire’s waterways. The day was organised by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust and is part of a wider project called “Ignite Yorkshire” which aims to engage 14 – 25 year olds in the Industrial Heritage along Yorkshire’s waterways, the project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust programme.

If you would like to find out how you could be involved in the project please contact Rebecca Walton

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Interim Management Yorkshire think its good to see young people getting involved with their pasts.

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