you start at the car park at Trencherfield Mill, the Wigan Pier Complex.
From here there are two alternative routes. You could walk towards
the canal, opposite Wigan Investment Centre and the Boat Yard with
its narrow boat weather vane on the roof. Follow the tow path along
the side of Trencherfield Mill towards the bridge. (If you wish to
avoid cobbles visit site 2 first.) Go under the bridge and up the
steep cobbled incline. Keep on the path and cross the footbridge over
the canal towards the Orwell Pub. Between the pub and The Way We Were
you will find the Tactile Map.
Staunton-Unsworth is a Wigan-based sculptor who produced this sculpture
with students from a local school. It is designed to be an aid to
visually impaired visitors to the Wigan Pier heritage site. It deals
with issues of scale and orientation.
Public Art Trail in use by Tanfield school
the students thought of The Tactile Map:
for blind people. If they don't understand what it is, they
can feel their way around." (Beth)
like it because of the shape." (Rachel)
isn't like any ordinary model in some museums where you can
not touch at all. In this model you can touch and feel."(Dan)