This year our learners have been helping to uncover and share local history. They have looked at the history of Back on Track, Swan Buildings where we are based, and the local Ancoats area.
One group worked with our Swan Building neighbours Macc to earn the nationally recognised Community Reporter badge. The budding Spielbergs created and edited their own videos on subjects including Back on Track and our Swan Street neighbours Band on the Wall.
Another course, Ancoats Uncovered – run in partnership with John Rylands Library – has seen learners research the local area’s rich history using a whole range of resources. Ancoats is a part of Manchester with a rich industrial history but it has also seen neglect and deprivation. Now the area is being regenerated, but it’s important not to lose the stories and characters that have passed through over the years. Our group created some fantastic collages as part of their research that are now on display in the Back on Track centre.
In September 2015 a group of Back on Trackers created a fantastic display on our iconic building as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme. Located in the ground floor entrance, it was open to the public and attracted loads of great feedback – viewers were really struck by the wealth of rich historical detail the group had unearthed. Our volunteer Gemma has written a great blog about the display and you can read her thoughts here.
Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding this project though the ‘Our Heritage’ initiative.
Back on Track is a Manchester charity that enables disadvantaged adults to make lasting, positive changes to their lives.