Schools to take part in history project

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Derbyshire County Council has added its weight behind a bid to get youngsters involved in mapping one of the world’s oldest railways.

Last week the news announced Derbyshire Archeological Society was well underway with plans to excavate and map the one-and-a -half mile route between Crich and Bullbridge known as the Butterley Gangroad - which was built by Benjamin Outram in 1793.

The project leaders aim to turn the line into a heritage site - and want local schools to join in mapping the route out in order to document it for future generations.

The scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and this week the county council announced it is in the process of contacting schools.

A spokesperson said: “ We’ve contacted all the schools in our Derwent Valley Mills catchment area to see if they would like to be involved, we’ll also be asking local youth groups to see if they want to be involved. The project is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in.”