Since its completion in 1816, the Leeds Liverpool Canal has formed a major part of Wigan’s heritage. It transported coal from the mines and cotton from Wigan’s mills during the industrial revolution. It helped to defend Britain in World War II… And nowadays it enables people to sail for pleasure through the area. To celebrate 200 years of the canal, Wigan S.T.E.A.M., with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, worked with local groups and organisations, such as the Canal & River Trust, resiDANCE, and the Museum of Wigan Life to engage people in learning about the heritage of the area’s canals.
As part of this project, Wigan STEAM commissioned wehearttech C.I.C. to produce a short leaflet that details some of the key heritage information associated with the Leeds Liverpool Canal. We researched and wrote the copy, created a legacy activity aimed at families and designed and printed the leaflet. The leaflet is now being distributed in cultural and educational venues across the Wigan Borough.