YOUNG people are going back to their roots as part of a local history project in Skelmanthorpe.
They are to create a community archive, a heritage trail and a drama production as part of a lottery-funded project in the village.
The Dearne Valley Award Centre, based at Skelmanthorpe Youth and Community Centre in Lodge Street, will be the base for youngsters to carry out their research.
The project, which will be launched at the centre at the end of this month, has received a £25,000 grant from the lottery Heritage Fund's Young Roots section.
Project co-ordinator Gwyneth Allatt said the 12-month project would involve youngsters aged between 14 and 25. They would carry out the work as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
She said youngsters became interested in the history of the village when a heart- shaped carving bearing the names William and Mary Oxley and the date 1700 was discovered on the building two years ago.
The project will involve creating an community archive on the internet using old photos, documents and interviews with elderly villagers.
A heritage trail will also point out buildings of historical interest.
The work will culminate with a drama written by young people about the area.
For more details phone Ms Allatt on 01484 688342.