A number of participants involved with Construction Skills Taster
Days at Murrays' Mills were inspired by the experience and went
on to secure places on MANCAT construction courses.
The 14 - 19 year old participants said:
I learnt how to build a wall, in which structure it has to be, and
I learnt how to build a water proof roof. I enjoyed the day out
and the building. I enjoyed the whole day, I liked everything. It
may help me in the future because I have also come to know that
you get a lot of money on this job and I may work for a time as
a builder. I can also help my family if they need help.
I have learnt a lot and have really enjoyed the day. I think I know
what I want to do when I leave school from todays' experience. If
I had the chance I'd really like to do it all again. Today I have
learnt new things which will definitely help me with whatever I
do in the future.
I have learnt the basics of bricklaying and roofing. I enjoyed brickwork
more and it has helped me to decide what to do when I leave school.
This was a most challenging, fun and extremely successful programme,
with children, teachers and the project team gaining an unusual,
rich and varied learning experience.
have learned what a hard life it would have been in those days.
used to work 14 hours a day.
you weren't at the gate at 7.30am you wouldn't get in.
were working in the mill and were 4 - 5 years old.
weaving was easy and fun I enjoyed it a lot I will definitely try
it again at home.
project was a great experience for myself and the class. It has
inspired me to look at the local area and how it can be used to
initiate certain topics in History, Art, Literacy and Geography.
The use of other adults to do the workshops provided more in depth
knowledge and the children benefited from this greatly. Thank you
for all of your support in this project.
project serves a number of useful purposes, not all of which are
at first evident.
Involvement is the best way of learning not only
of the historical values of the work being undertaken but of the
real safety hazards that are evident on building sites.
It is good for children to have experience of the
building industry in general and to have an appreciation of the
many roles that need to work together as a team to produce the end
product. We may be creating a spark for potential architects or
I must admit that initially I was cautious at the
thought of children being allowed on a site, but providing the visits
are carefully thought through, supervised and controlled I can only
see that they provide positive advantages.
template for these school visits should be formulated for all construction
sites to entice more into the industry. An education or government
body should make it part of the tender process to have to supply
site visits - it has to happen. Kids like the hint of danger.
The "All Work & No Play" project created a rare opportunity
for people to spend quality time together sharing their stories
about Ancoats and ensuring those memories live on through 'An Ancoats
Scrapbook' publication. This has been a rewarding and fascinating
experience for all involved, one that will continue to be cherished.
Skills gained throughout the project have proven to be useful beyond
the project with some volunteers going on to further voluntary and
loved the oral history project. I would definitely like to be involved
with any other projects like this.
Recipients of the "All Work & No Play - An Acncoats
is beautifully illustrated and presented.
for the book, it is wonderful because it brings back so many memories
of my childhood years ago when life really was so much simpler (I
am now 72). It has taken me hours to read it because I keep stopping
and wandering off down memeory lane.
am pleased that you selected a balance of quotations which reflected
life there in the 1940's.
have wonderful memories of the kindness and generosity of the ordinary
working class people in Ancoats in my childhood. Thank you all once
again, and good luck in all of your future projects.
is an excellent production with so much relevant information about
the history of Ancoats. I will treasure it.