Exhibition at Ferndown Middle School
The exhibition includes 6 stunning pop-up banners, lightweight and portable and original artwork from the children of Wimborne First exploring their own family trees.
‘St Michael’s Middle School has been delighted to be a part of this Heritage Project, exploring how pupils from East Dorset came to live in the area. It has been wonderful to discover how many different parts of this world the pupils come from. We have thoroughly enjoyed it!’
Samantha Armstrong, a teacher at one of the schools involved
Where was I born? Where does my family come from? What do I wish for the future?
These are just some of the questions nearly 100 children and young people from 11 schools in East Dorset were asked. The children told us their stories and showed us their photos which DEED put together to produce an exhibition and publish a book called, The World of East Dorset: children’s stories of here and there.
The A4, full colour 100 page book includes stories from 85 children and young people in the following 11 schools: Beaucroft School, St Michael’s Middle School, Ferndown First School, Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown Upper School, Hampreston First School, Hayeswood First School, St James’ First School, Trinity First School, Verwood First School and Wimborne First School.
“The stories here provide a glimpse into the lives of people who are connected both to East Dorset and elsewhere in the world. Through them we can learn a little about other cultures, and understand that as human beings we share the same loves, fears, hopes and dreams.”
Louisa Adjoa Parker
Wimborne First School pupil collects her own copy of the book from Louisa Adjoa Parker
Recently children from some of the schools were presented with their own copy of the book, signed by Louisa Adjoa Parker and were absolutely thrilled.
The exhibition and book are currently available to hire from DEED and are ideal for schools, libraries and community centres and events in East Dorset. They link to topics such as local history, cultural diversity and global awareness.
State of Play Arts also ran ‘Moving In, Moving On’ drama workshops in schools linked to themes of community, migration, identity and belonging. Please see highlights of their work in Beaucroft School. They also wrote an accompany teachers’ notes here and below are some useful websites and documents to support these themes across the curriculum.
British Red Cross’ online topical newsletter, Newsthink
The Global Dimension online resources, Refugees Welcome?
Oxfam Global Citizenship guides for English, Maths and Science
Migration and the West Country a south west TUC guide to population and migration
Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund who have funded the project.