After successfully applying for Welsh Government Changing Cultures funding we have recently held a series of workshops with a number of Denbighshire schools.
Through Changing Cultures, Welsh Government “want every child and young person in Wales to enjoy, learn and be inspired by our amazing history, heritage and culture. Changing Cultures is about new ways of sharing our museums, archives, libraries and historic places with young people.” They state that- “Taking part in cultural activities is an important stepping stone on the path of life. Studies have shown that access to culture can help children and young people do better at school. And the best thing is that it’s fun!”
The funding we received allowed us to pay for transport for school children to get to our office and use a local performer and storyteller to plan and lead the sessions.
The workshops were based on the diary of Emily Edwards, a farmer’s wife from Chirk, written in the 1860s and focussed on showing how even the life of an ordinary person can be of historic interest and significance. The diary provides information on family life, entertainment, travel, food and drink etc., emphasizing both the differences and the similarities to life today. The day involved role play and a session looking at original archival documents.
We had some good feedback from both teachers and pupils and hope to build on the events and encourage further engagement from schools in the future.
“Another fantastic event that has brought history to life for the children, Diolch!”- Teacher, Ysgol Esgob Morgan (St Asaph)
“It’s great to visit such a great building and more interesting to leave the classroom behind”- Teacher, Ysgol Pant Pastynog (Prion)
“Diddoral iawn, wedi mwynhau, wedi dysgu llawer”- Pupil, Ysgol Pant Pastynog (Prion)
“Very interesting, I would like to know more” ”- Pupil, Ysgol Pant Pastynog (Prion)