We have supplied three listening posts full of oral history clips as part of the Bedford River Valley Park project. Three wind-up audio players tell recent stories of the landscape before it became the country park.
Continue reading “Bedford Listening Posts”
We have produced the first element of interpretation for the Guild of St George’s Ruskin-in-Sheffield project.
Continue reading “Ruskin in Totley”
After a consultation with The Higgins Bedford’s Saturday Archaeology Workshop group, inHeritage created a suite of heritage-themed downloadable family activities for Bedford River Valley Park. History Explorers is a set of downloadable explorer sheets, designed to be used with the reconstruction images on the visitor panels we created for the park. Other downloadable activities include on-theme things to do at home, and on-site activities for groups who choose not to range far from the Park’s access points, such as families with young children.
Things are coming to a head in Tideswell. inHeritage are working with Tideswell Living History Group to co-produce their booklet, movie and audio tour.
Continue reading “Tideswell Tales Up”
Bill has been appointed by the Woodland Trust to facilitate focus groups in order to develop visitor experience facilities for Fingle Woods, Devon. Continue reading “Fingle Woods”
Bill has been contracted by Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery to lead a series of family history and writing workshops for participants in Doncaster 1914-18. Continue reading “Doncaster 1914-18”
inHeritage have been commission by the Midland Railway Trust to advise on their interpretation plan for an HLF grant application.
Continue reading “Midland Railway Trust”
Bill Bevan has been appointed Heritage Interpretation Director for The Guild of St George’s major project about the impact of John Ruskin on Sheffield. Continue reading “Ruskin in Sheffield”
WWI Soldiers’ Lives, Thurnscoe, Rotherham
A recent HLF Sharing Heritage-funded project took me deep into the online archives tracking down Thurnscoe men who served in World War I. Jacqui Shaw of The Hill Primary Academy, Thurnscoe wanted to give her students a taste of historical research from primary source archive documents. With inHeritage’s support, Jacqui developed the project outline and secured HLF funding for the project for The Hill and local Gooseacre school.
The funding bought extensive research time that would have made this an impossible task for working school staff in amongst their huge workload. There were also poetry workshops with former Derbyshire Laureate Matt Black, a visit to the local records office, and meetings with the Local History Group.
Read students’ poetry here.
inHeritage created a set of 10 folders for each school, each containing archival documents relating to one local WWI soldier. From Census documents to Military Records, most folders contained print-outs of about 20-30 archive documents. The Y6 students used these to conduct their own historical research, piecing together narrative biographies from primary sources, and in the process experiencing the nitty gritty of real historical research and gaining many insights into their local history, World War I battles and recruitment, and some of the various impacts the War had on ordinary lives. Doing the research became a moving experience in itself – think Who Do You Think You Are? with few happy endings. Careful selection of subjects meant we could cover a wide range of experiences – younger and older soldiers; some involved in landmark engagements; some invalided out; a POW who returned safely in 1919, some disciplined, some promoted, many dead. The students also learned the importance of their local coal mining history, some local recruits were kept home as miners until late in the War.
In October I was privileged to visit The Higgins, Bedford, before spending a morning with members of the Saturday Archaeology Workshops group.
Continue reading “On the Trail of Bedford’s Young Archaeologists”