As part of the 2016 Wimborne History Festival, a variety of community projects took place thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and local District, Town and Parish Councils.
Work included the clearance of a Bronze Age Barrow at St Michael’s School in Colehill, a fascinating inter-generational Oral History Project with Allenbourn School and a live performance of Freya, A Viking Saga for the children of Beaucroft School.
Several of our History Festival projects used art as a means of engaging children with local heritage. Students at QE School in Wimborne created a number of contemporary 3D art installations depicting medieval trade signs, whilst pupils at Pamphill First School designed and produced a series of Roman style mosaics. Using the authentic 1950s replica buildings in Wimborne Model Town as their inspiration, the pupils of St Johns First School created 3D model shops and houses, whilst children from Merley First School helped to construct a full-scale (life size!) Roman Centurion as part of the Rotten Romans project.
Taking the lead on the Rotten Romans project Wimborne’s Priest’s House Museum worked with Artz Plus, Wimborne Library, QE School and a number of artists and designers on a variety of activities aimed at creating interest in and furthering learning of the Roman era.
Use the text links above, to find out more about these innovative and educational activities.
The Festival would like to thank all the schools, their staff and pupils, for getting involved, it was a delight to work with them and we look forward to more community and educational projects in the future.
If you have a project, based in the BH21 postcode area, that you would like to suggest please send the details through to the Festival Directors.