Helping young people understand their past and the heritage of their community helps them put their own lives into a social context. Our heritage projects provide young people with an invaluable insight into their community. In helping them develop a greater appreciation of their past, they develop a greater understanding of their future.
Consett Steelworks Project - Delves Lane Primary School
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the closure of Consett Steelworks we delivered a project where we looked back at the whole history of the town of Consett, and the huge influence the steelworks had on the local community. We had guest speakers who talked about their lives working at the steelworks as well as inviting local people in to school to discuss the impact the closure had on the town. The children felt that the project had given them a true appreciation of their local history and they gained a whole new sense of pride about the town where they live.
1950's Childhood Project - Crookhill Primary School
Our recent project with Crookhill Primary School explored the history of Crookhill, and we linked this to 1950’s childhoods with a close look at the culture of the town in the 1950s. Included in this was first hand accounts from local residents and a session with Clara Jones, where she described her experiences as a child of the Windrush generation. The children produced fabulous poems and artwork.
First World War Memorial Project - Tow Law Millennium Primary School
We had a fabulous time working with Tow Law Millennium Primary School where the children researched the names on the local World War One Memorial, and analysed a range a historical evidence, to understand the impact that the conflict had on their local community. They visited Beamish Museum and took part in workshops with the DLI Museum. As a result of their work, the students produced a brilliant anthology of research, poetry and creative writing. With thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for their support of this project.
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Take a look at the fabulous anthologies that the children have produced as part of our Heritage projects.Click here to take a look