This brand new resource aims to inspire Key Stage 2 pupils to discover aspects of British and world history that are reflected in their local community, and question the impact of the railways on society today.
Six new commissioned artworks have been created in collaboration with children from local primary schools in Liverpool. Each artwork has been the result of a participatory programme of workshops, collective research, heritage visits and a shared process of interpretation between artists and children.
Opening up this heritage to younger generations and allowing others to see it through their eyes will renew interest and excitement towards our railway heritage, bringing attention to Edge Hill and its global significance for generations to come. By focusing on the Liverpool to Manchester passenger railway, we hope younger generations will be inspired by the global impact of these historic events, and generate a sense of pride towards their local area.
Explore our rich local heritage through the collective imaginations of children and artists:
If you are a primary school teacher and would like more information about the project, or have recently used the site, we’d be delighted to hear from you, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northern.
You can also explore Edge Hill’s heritage through the voice of older generations on Metal’s Edge Hill Archive.
Artists and schools who contributed to the project:
The Costumologists are a creative costuming duo made up of Maria Luis Olmos and Frances Heap. They create intricately designed costumes for contemporary dance, theatre, live art and music. Their costumes often use collage as a starting point and respond to non-traditional performance environments.
Costumologists worked with Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. Based on Hall Lane in Liverpool, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a one form entry school with close links to the parish church and parish community. Year 4 pupils helped the Costumologists with their costume designs, starred in the film and wrote the script.
David Penny’s photography focuses on still life. He often selects a single object which is photographed against a plain background. Although the objects at first glance appear simple, the images he creates make us question what we are seeing. David likes to play with the rules of photography and the relationship between object and image.
Christian Fellowship School is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic Christian school based on Overbury St, in Edge Hill. The school is divided into lower, middle and upper age groups. David Penny worked with year 5 pupils to expand their photography skills.
Martin is an award-winning director working in television, film and music videos. His first feature film ‘Small Creatures’ from 2011, is a drama about a group of teenage boys. In 2013 he directed a documentary about Britain’s steel industry ‘The Big Melt: How Steel Made us Hard’.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, the Friendship School, is based on Overbury Street in Edge Hill. The school is dedicated to an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become lifelong learners. Martin worked with year 6 pupils form Mrs Sian Miles’ class.
Oliver East is a comic artist, he creates comics based on walking long distances and documenting his progress. In 2009 he published ‘Proper Go Well High’ based on a walk along the railway tracks of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
Lawrence Road Community Primary
Lawrence Road Community Primary School is based in the Picton ward. They have high standards achieved through a creative and fun curriculum and by providing an environment where children feel safe and happy. The school is friendly and busy with lots going on. Oliver Worked with both classes in year 5.
Mike Garry is a poet based in Manchester. Originally starting off as a librarian he was encouraged to take part in live poetry events and slams by his Library’s homework centre. His poetry is regularly heard on TV and radio and he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his poetry and work with young people.
Phoenix Primary School is based on Birchfield Road, in Kensington, Liverpool. The school strives to provide a an enjoyable and excellent education for children aged 3-11. Mike Garry worked with Miss Reed’s year 5 class.
Yuri Suzuki is a a sound artist, designer and electronic musician. He creates inventions that play with our relationship with sound and technology. His work falls somewhere in between product design, industrial design and sound art. In 2014 he collaborated with the musician Will.i.am to create Pyramidi, an installation that combined 3D projections and bespoke mechanical instruments.
Kensington Community Primary School is based on Brae St in Edge Hill. It is a welcoming school with respect for cultural diversity, celebration of achievement and commitment to shared values in order to foster the growth of confidence and self esteem in every child and their families. Yuri Suzuki worked with the schools ‘Talent Development’ group made up of pupils from years 5 and 6.
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