Where children live and grow up is an important part of who they are. This project aims to make history relevant to their lives and give them an improved sense of identity and place through engagement with real people’s stories.
Study of the Hoo Peninsula’s working lives provides rich opportunities to engage children in their immediate local area and to understand their own family history. The education pack for KS2 is available to download here and is based on workshops led by visual artist and educator Heidi Wigmore at Hoo St Werburgh School. These workshops combined local history and art to create a series of 8 vivid printed banners to display as part of the project exhibition at the Hoo Library in July 2017.
Visual artist Heidi Wigmore worked with 200 children at Hoo St Werburgh Primary School to engage pupils in their local history on the Hoo Peninsula. The children listened to audio clips from the project website, chatted about working lives and shared stories of their own families. They looked at archive images of working people in the region and made imaginative drawings to illustrate the type of work these people would have done. Each class then made a large collaborative artwork by superimposing these figures onto a contemporary landscape image – where the past meets the present. These were made into printed canvas banners, the children’s vivid animated figures ‘populating’ the landscapes of the Hoo Peninsula.
Banner design and print by http://zenessex.com/