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Students with autism create electronic archive of Sunderland’s Holy Trinity Church

Ross Walker, 19, Charlotte Laybourne, 18 and Zak Bover, 18, pictured at the ESPA College at The Cedars in Ashbrooke with some of the artwork that will be displayed in Holy Trinity Church in the East End.

Ross Walker, 19, Charlotte Laybourne, 18 and Zak Bover, 18, pictured at the ESPA College at The Cedars in Ashbrooke with some of the artwork that will be displayed in Holy Trinity Church in the East End.

YOUNG people with autism have captured the sound of history.

Students from specialist college Education and Services for People with Autism (Espa) in Sunderland headed up an innovative project to create an electronic archive.

Thanks to £25,440 of Heritage Lottery funding, the young people were able to record the history of one of the city’s oldest buildings.

Holy Trinity Church in the East End, was once the hub of life in the city, housing its first library, court and council chamber.

Now the project has created a treasure trove of information captured in a audio and video archive of the historical site – including a soundscape of the church, which opened in 1719.

Learners from Espa college, which has a base in nearby Ashbrooke, kicked off the project in December by creating a host of artwork.

Ivor Crowther, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North East, said: “Through this project, these young people had the chance to learn new skills, make new friends and develop their confidence whilst also helping Sunderland’s Old Parish Church to better connect and work with the local community.”

 

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