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Keystage loves working with schools. We have run many very successful projects with children from 8 – 18.  Although each project is different there are some common threads: we like to involve school students in the research part of each project. That might mean training them to interview older people and give them the oral history skills to last a lifetime. We might work with them and a professional researcher on documents, archives, museum exhibits, even gravestones or parish records.

Then we will usually engage with the youngsters on interpreting what they have found in some artistic way that will help them share their discoveries with the wider community. This might be helping us write a play, compose a song, prepare a presentation, curate an exhibition.

 
Please visit the galleries below to see more fantastic examples of schools projects in action:
Invisible Army - Ely College

Pepys - Brampton Primary

Stapleford - Stapleford Primary

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This was a project involving nearly 40 year 9s, 10s and 11s in researching a forgotten but astonishing episode in the history of WWII: the exile of up to 2 million Poles to Siberia in 1940 and their subsequent release and exodus to join the British in the Middle East. The ‘Anders Army’ story formed the basis of research with veterans, families, the Imperial War Museum, London and the Sikorski Museum. After these interviews, a small team of writers worked with us to write a play – ‘Invisible Army’ which was given to great acclaim in January 2012. The young people involved felt that they were telling a most important story for the first time.

(Left) A slideshow of photographs from the ‘Invisible Army’ performance.

We worked with 90 Year 5 and 6 pupils on a research project about the life and times of Samuel Pepys. This involved visits to the Pepys Library and other museums, researching into Pepys’ life and the creation of an original piece of musical theatre performed by and for the school. The project also resulted in professionally produced audio diaries made by the children, specially bound journals written by them to be displayed at the school and a souvenir booklet, given to every pupil and staff member involved in the process, to look back on in years to come, and to share with friends and family.

(Left) The ‘Pepys Into the Past’ souvenir booklet, including research on Samuel Pepys and extracts from the students diaries.

For more details on this project, visit the Pepys Into the Past Project Page

‘PEPYS INTO THE PAST’ - Brampton Village Primary School, Cambridge                                   (2011)

‘INVISIBLE ARMY’ - Ely College, Cambridge                                                                             (2011)

‘COMING HOME’ - Chesterton Community College, Cambridge                                              (2010)

In 2010 we worked with 40 year 9 students from Chesterton Community College to commemorate the 65th anniversary of VE Day by producing an original moving piece of theatre on the subject of Coming Home in 1945.

The Imperial War Museum put us in contact with some veterans of World War II whose stories fed into the finished play. All the students on the project spent a rewarding day at the museum: meeting veterans, learning about life on the home front during the war and getting a sense of what it must have been like to come home as an airman, sailor or soldier, a member of the Women’s Land Army or a woman who had served in the forces.

(Left) As part of the project, students documented the whole project and created this film.

For more details on this project, visit the Coming Home Project Page

For more details on this project, visit the Invisible Army Project Page


              ‘SIGNS OF THE TIMES’ - Stapleford Community Primary School, Cambridge                    (2012)

‘Signs of the Times’ was a community project that worked closely with Stapleford Community Primary School to encourage their pupils to be aware of and take an interest in history on their doorstep.

Ten year 5 children worked with a local designer from Little Designs Cambridge www.littledc.c.o.uk to create a commemorative book, that will be shared with all children in the school, and information boards to be displayed around the village on the Jubilee weekend.


(Left) Information board on the village sign.

For more details on this project, visit the ‘Signs of the Times’ Project Page

Have a look at some examples from our recent projects to see how we worked with schools to produce a high quality artistic outcome:

 
If you have an idea for a history and heritage project that would engage students in your school, then get in touch with us to develop a bespoke project for your school.Contact.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0