Sparth then and now - the project


During this project over 50 children and young people of Sparth have taken part throughout the project getting involved in art workshops to produce the animation and the plaques.

Some children re–enacted a medieval battle, dressing up in medieval costumes, making replica Sparth axes and learning where the name Sparth may have originated.

Others went all over Sparth to make the film and interviewed local people about living in Sparth and helped to design the “Sparth then and now” Logo.

The groups have been on trips to The National Media Museum in Bradford to see how films and animations are made, and Queen Street Mill in Burnely, to see a working mill.

The Youth Group have looked at how they would like to see Sparth in the future, making a “masterplan” for the regeneration of the area.

During the summer festival people tried different textile and screen painting techniques for the Phulkari lantern followed by workshops at Touchstones Rochdale and Sparth Community Centre.

Over 20 Interviews have taken place and hours of audio material is now stored at North West Sounds Archives in Clitheroe Castle Lancashire, England.