Manchester Heritage School Shortlisted for Historic England Angel Award
What are the Angel Awards?
The Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. They were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. This year the project by young people at Abraham Moss has been shortlisted in the Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People category. Andrea Taziker, Heritage Schools Lead Teacher at Abraham Moss, was delighted to receive news that the project had been shortlisted:
Students at Abraham Moss started with a simple aim - to find out about Crumpsall Hall, the remains of which lie underneath the park opposite their school. They knew the hall was the birthplace of Humphrey Chetham, a 17th century merchant who left money in his will for Chetham's School and Library, in the centre of Manchester, but they didn't know much more. The added mystery was that, though the hall appears on maps until the 1930's, they couldn't find any photographs to prove it was there.
In the words of one student
They found etchings of the hall at Lancashire Archives, and other primary sources, including the will and Hall inventory, left by Humphrey's mother. They used archive maps and plans of the area. They took a walk to the site of the hall, where they marked out where it would have been situated. They even held a Tudor banquet at Wythenshawe Hall for which they learnt about life and society, religion, dancing, singing and feasting! The efforts of the students were recorded in a short film "The Mystery of Crumpsall Hall" which they have taken into primary schools to help younger children learn about local Tudor history.
The winners of the Angel Awards 2017 will be announced at an Awards ceremony on 20 November at the Palace Theatre, London. Andrea and her students are really excited about the event and Heritage Schools wishes them the best of luck!
Also of interest...
A Heritage Action Zone has been announced for Appleby. Read about this and other local heritage news across the North West region.
Find out about our Heritage Schools programme, helping school children across the country learn about their local heritage and its significance.
Find out about these annual awards that reward the efforts of local people in protecting, saving and sharing their heritage.