Locks, Docks And Beyond - Canal Art Project Turns Into Website

By Jon Pratty, Editor, 24 Hour Museum. | 21 November 2002
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Left: local fisherman Len Cook helps at the launch of Locks, Docks and Beyond in September 2001.

Locks, Docks and Beyond, an innovative West Yorkshire arts project, has spawned a community inspired website about the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Right: cast of Timelock at Slaithwaite.

The twelve month project involved young people from all over the Colne Valley, a beautiful part of Yorkshire made famous in the BBC TV series 'Last of the Summer Wine.'

Working with the wider local community to gather stories about the canal, the youngsters put together music and drama workshops and performances, made books, researched maps and finally helped build an extensive website - www.locksdocks.com.

Left: a real treat for fans of this beautiful region, and canal lovers as well - www.locksdocks.com

Memories of the canal era can be heard on the site, as well as a host of other resources, including old photographs and maps of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Now an exhibition - Locks, Docks and Beyond - has opened about the arts project at Marsden Mechanics Hall, a community arts centre in Marsden, West Yorks.

Right: launch of canal map and Timelock play with mayor of Marsden, July, 2002.

The show collects together archive material, photos, books made by the children, and even costumes from a drama piece, Timelock, written during workshops in the valley.

Arts officers from Kirklees Community History Service and the Colne Valley Trust as well as local artists and writers were called in to work on the initiative.

Locks, Docks and Beyond will be displayed at Marsden Mechanics Hall until the end of December and then will tour local venues in the Colne Valley - Slaithwaite Library, Tolson Museum, Standedge Visitors Centre, Batley Arts Centre and the Colne Valley Museum.

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