A story of fire and water for independent living residents

Published 14 December 2021

Pontefract Museum employees recently visited residents at WDH’s Beulah Court independent living scheme in Knottingley as part of their Fire and Water project.

The exciting new project aims to explore the shipbuilding and glass work industries that are part of the heritage of Knottingley and speak to some residents who worked in those industries or had relatives who did, to gather their unique perspectives and experiences.

The event was well attended by residents, some even brought their own pieces of Bagley’s glass, which was made locally, to tell their stories.  It was a great afternoon of reminiscing and there were some very interesting tales.

Charlie Wells, Composer and Creative Producer for Edgeland Arts UK who ran the session on behalf of the museum, said: “It was a lovely event and residents seemed to get a lot out of it. We look forward to coming back in the new year to meet residents again and to working with more WDH residents, young and old, as part of this project.”

Claire Secker, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “Visiting Beulah Court with the Pontefract Museum curators was an amazing experience. Listening to the stories told by the residents of their experiences was eye opening and inspiring.  The Fire and Water project gives us an opportunity to engage with our tenants and make sure their story becomes part of the local history.”

If this has sparked your interest, please keep an eye out on our WDH Knottingley and Pontefract Facebook page for more information about how you can get involved in this project in the New Year.


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