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Mills, Mines and Malt - Mirfield Past and Present

The 'Mills, Mines & Malt' project has been carried out by local young people who researched and interpreted the industrial past of Mirfield, and then used the information they found to produce a mural displayed at the Marina in Shepley Bridge, a DVD telling the history of Mirfield, and two trail leaflets about Mirfield's history. A great many of the young people used the project towards the skills section of their DofE Award .


The mural took many months to complete by the participants, and picks out many places of historical interest on a map of Mirfield. It is framed by a timeline of events particular to the town, from Robin Hood to the actor Patrick Stewart.


Under the expert eye of professional artist Eva Mileusnic, the mural grew in size until the only place it could be put was outside on the side of a container at Shepley Bridge Marina. It measures 20' x 8'.


Seven interpretive sculptures were also produced and these are now sited along the 1km of canal tow path between Shepley Bridge and Newgate in Mirfield. These represent different eras of the town's history, including the railways and boatbuilding.


Again, these were designed by the young people under the artistic eye of Eva Mileusnic. The sculptures feature as part of a Mirfield Town Centre Trail, leaflets of which can be obtained from the library or the Marina itself.


The sculptures are set on the towpath at wheelchair & pushchair height. Each one is interactive with moving parts. The whole project was officially opened by the Mayor of Mirfield, cllr Janet Hirst in August 2010


For more information contact the Kirklees DofE office.