Story in a suitcase and more as Discovery Trail comes to Preston

Posted on - 9th November, 2017 - 9:54pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, What's On in Preston
Avenham Park cafe is one of the venues Pic: 70023venus2009
Avenham Park cafe is one of the venues Pic: 70023venus2009

Visitors to Preston city centre on Saturday will find four interactive storytelling stations set up.


The Preston Discovery Trail runs on Saturday (11 November) with stop off points at four places in the city for visitors of all ages to learn about how young people have overcome personal challenges.

The interactive storytelling machines will be in Avenham Park cafe, the Harris, Preston Railway Station and the UCLan city shop in Lune Street.

Accounts of copying with transition, living with a disability, being separated from family and difficulties at home are being told.

They include a story in a suitcase at the railway station, an arcade machine in the Harris and a story map in Lune Street.

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Co-director of the centre for children and young people’s participation at UCLan Dr Cath Larkins said: “This festival is a chance for children and young people to take part in some serious fun. Serious, because social science is an important way that research helps answer big challenges– how we live together in communities and how we can work together to build better futures. Fun because we use art, creativity and digital technologies to think about these questions – hearing and telling stories, creating maps and models, then sharing it all to create a live digital display in the Harris Museum.

“By taking part in this event children and young people can learn more about social sciences, explore what it is like to be a researcher and find out whether they would like to become involved in the opportunities offered by UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.”

The project was worked on by Rosie Winstanley who became a UCLan researcher five years ago.

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The 22-year-old said: “We’ve all worked together to find young people in Lancashire and find interesting ways to share their stories. I’m really looking forward to Saturday and seeing local people get involved in the project. Being a young researcher is wonderful and has allowed me to also find myself as I’ve been able to mentor our newer recruits.”

To register attendance on the Discovery Trail you can do so for free on Eventbrite.

The Discovery Trail is operating from 11am to 4pm.

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