Stoke Newington Embraces School Heritage Project
Past pupils, parents, local museums and heritage sites joined forces to help pupils from William Patten Primary investigate their history and local heritage.
For three weeks pupils examined historical evidence, explored sites of local significance and interviewed former pupils and local residents, including centenarian Kathleen Housden who attended the school in the 1920s.
The project kicked off with a residency from the Geffrye Museum to develop object handling and questioning skills. Pupils visited a wide range of local heritage sites including:
- Abney Park Cemetery
- Hackney Museum
- Sutton House
- St Mary's Old Church (rebuilt by historian William Patten in 1563)
In addition to investigating William Patten's life, children examined 'mystery boxes' to uncover the lives of other local residents such as Daniel Defoe and Frank Bostock, the showman and lion tamer. This inspired activities ranging from creative writing to circus skills.
Parents and relatives shared their local knowledge and lent their expertise in areas such as film making and graphic design. Local historian and parent, Amir Dotan, shared his research into the changing face of Stoke Newington Church Street and created a poster of famous residents.
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