Facts and figures compiled by a little-known Huddersfield statistician have been brought to life by students.

George H. Wood collected information about the working poor in the early 20th century.

His work is archived at Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield.

Now students studying graphic design and animation have dusted off the statistics and put them together in cartoon-style videos.

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The short films explore Wood’s legacy and draw on his statistical findings. The videos have been screened to the public and can be seen on a special website.

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Graphics lecturer Sara Nesteruk got chatting with Lindsay Ince, an archivist at Heritage Quay, and was told about the George Henry Wood Collection, which consists of pamphlets, books and manuscripts packed with sociological stats.

“The collection is so intriguing and the material seemed to offer a good opportunity for a creative response,” said Sara, who has formed a motion graphics club – Motion-go – for students on graphic design and animation courses.

A sketch of Huddersfield statistician George Henry Wood by Rustis Balciunas.

Six members of the club – Rustis Balciunas, Jonathan Clementson, Merry Eady, Beth Minshall, Emma Perrett and Nicole Sinclair – took up Sara’s idea and delved into topics such as death rates, health issues, wage levels and pay differences between men and women in the early 1900s.

The second year under-graduates also created a portrait of Wood, who was born in 1874 and died in 1945.

By 1910, Wood was employed as a lecturer in statistics at Huddersfield Technical College and went on to become a member of the Council of the Royal Statistical Society.

Wood became secretary of the Huddersfield and District Woollen Manufacturers and Spinners Association and was heavily involved in a reduction in working hours and rises in wages.