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Manchester Heritage School Shortlisted for Historic England Angel Award

A Heritage Schools project carried out by young people at Abraham Moss Community School in Crumpsall, Manchester has been shortlisted for a prestigious Historic England Angel Award. Students from Abraham Moss carried out a local history project on lost Tudor building Crumpsall Hall and its former resident Sir Humphrey Chetham.

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: 

The students have committed time after school and at weekends to work on the project. They have shared their findings with younger children during the summer holidays and they have been determined to engage the wider community in learning more about 'our Crumpsall Hall'. This enthusiasm has ensured that not only will the young people remember the project for a long time to come, but also that the wider community will be enriched by their efforts.

The project

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.

Abraham Moss students filming “The Mystery of Crumpsall Hall” at Chethams Library, Manchester
Abraham Moss students filming “The Mystery of Crumpsall Hall” at Chethams Library, Manchester

In the words of one student

Our project exploded into all kinds of interesting directions!

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.



Find out more about the project

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!

Students dressed in period costume standing outside Wythenshaw Hall
Abraham Moss students preparing for their Tudor banquet at Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester
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