The Multilingual Manchester team have been working with a group of schoolchildren from Burnley to help them design artwork featuring community languages that will revitalise their local train station.

The team delivered activities on the theme of community languages and the railway to children from St Peter’s CoE Primary School. The programme gave pupils the opportunity to find out more about languages spoken in the area and to share their language skills with one another.

The Young Arts Arriva project, facilitated by Community Rail Lancashire, saw pupils take part in a sensory train journey and station tour to learn more about the railway. The class shared and learned words about train travel in a range of languages, including Urdu, Chinese, Hungarian and Spanish. Pupils’ families were invited to join the activities and offered further support with their language skills.

The group worked with a local artist, Alastair Nicholson, to create the final artwork that is now on display in Burnley Central Station.

A short film about the project, by Gravel and Sugar Productions, is available to view here.