Heritage Heroes!

Pottery found on Archaelogical Dig|||| Pottery found on Archaelogical Dig|||| Jane Miller||||

The children from Hugh Joicey C of E First School, Ford Village, became “Heritage Heroes” this summer by taking part in the Heritage Lottery funded Village Atlas Project run by local archaeological group TillVAS.

TillVAS enlisted the help of Jane Miller, education and outreach officer at Berwick Museum, to deliver a series of workshops that encouraged the children to explore the history of Ford and create their own mini Village Atlas.

Pupils uncovered evidence from a variety of historical sources including census records, trade directories, old maps and photographs and, to find out more about their village’s industrial past, they took part in an archaeological dig at Ford Moss Colliery. The children also produced various videos including one made as an advert to attract and encourage visitors to Ford which can be viewed here.

As a result of their work the pupils were awarded the first Heritage Hero Awards in England for their Mini Village Atlas Project. Archaeology Scotland’s Heritage Training Officer Kate Fowler said, “Archaeology Scotland are delighted to award the pupils of Hugh Joicey C of E First School the first Heritage Hero Awards in England. We’ve really enjoyed watching their videos, looking at their photos and hearing all about the work they have done. Jane Miller from Berwick Museum, on behalf of TillVAS, has supported the school through a fantastic project, and we hope everyone involved is very proud of it.”

Certificates were presented to the children by Mike Keating from TillVAS at the end of the summer term, when they put on a display and assembly for their parents. Teacher Kerrie Green said “The workshops were fantastic and so engaging, they have made our local area study really fun, exciting and accessible for all the children.” The school hopes to run similar projects focussing on local history every summer term.

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