Canal Connections explore the opportunities for social regeneration presented through the waterways and their environs by engaging people, families, communities and organisations, while enhancing the built and natural heritage of that environment.
The 17th Century listed Esholt Hall sits within Yorkshire Water’s water treatment works at Esholt, on the canal between Bradford and Leeds and was a training centre, much loved by staff as a special place that provided great food and a sense of corporate belonging. A major regeneration of the building is now underway and Canal Connections are advising on how the hall might become an asset for the well-being of the wider local community.
Our job to date has been to capture the memories and experience of people who worked in and still live on site, and people who currently work there. Charlotte Carrick and Vivienne Burgess have spent two days talking to them to create personal portraits for future exhibition and online use.
In the autumn we hope to be back, but this time on the canal, working with young people in Leeds, Esholt and Keighley exploring what the canal and its heritage means to them, and how they could be amenities they enjoy in future.
This project came about from working with Canal Connections on Ignite Yorkshire.