WARRINGTON Borough Council and Culture Warrington are looking for people connected to the town’s wire industries to be a part of a new project.

The Wire Factory will research the stories of Warrington’s wire industries from the 18th and 19th centuries, up to the present day.

It has been made possible thanks to £45,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and aims to spark renewed interest in Warrington’s industrial past.

Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member responsible for culture, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, said: "This is a really important heritage project, which will provide a fascinating insight into Warrington’s past, and the part the wire industry played in shaping our town today.

"We need the help of people to tell these stories.

"As part of the project, a team of trained volunteers will be conducting interviews to collect these important parts of our history, and it will all be recorded as part of Warrington Museum’s permanent archives.

"Have you or a family member worked in Warrington’s wire industry?

"Do you have an interesting story, memory, photograph or item to share?

"If so, we want to hear from you!"

To share stories, photographs or artefacts, residents can attend a drop-in session at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday between 11am and 3pm.

Alternatively, people can visit Warrington Museum’s Object Enquiry Service any Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm or email heritageprojects@warrington.gov.uk.

The project will culminate with a special exhibition in the town centre during the Heritage Open Weekends in September.