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Living along the Cut: Canal Memories

Bringing together communities along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site, which spans the counties of Wrexham and Denbighshire in Wales, and Shropshire in England, is the aim of Living along the cut: Canal Memories.

The Friends of Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site – known as Aqueducks – will run the project, which will see local residents share and celebrate their common histories via a range of activities, from guided walks to Show and Tell events.

“While many villages and towns grew up alongside the canal, today, for different reasons, these communities have lost their links with this beautiful World Heritage Site,” explains Aqueducks secretary, Maggie Rowlands.

“This project aims to reconnect these communities with their own histories and images about the canal and its surrounding industries, and compile an accessible archive from this new information.  It’s also about celebrating and enjoying this wonderful 200 year old structure.

“Thanks to the grant, volunteers will receive training to record and archive material – but perhaps the most important element will be the bringing together of local people, encouraging them to take pride in their heritage.”