A boy and girl each holding one end of a papier-mâché  model they made of the outside of Scarborough's Rotunda Museum.
Jack Cliffe and Adeline James, year five pupils at Scarborough’s St Martin’s School, with their model of the town’s Rotunda Museum © Tony Bartholomew
Jack Cliffe and Adeline James, year five pupils at Scarborough’s St Martin’s School, with their model of the town’s Rotunda Museum © Tony Bartholomew

Local Schoolchildren are Creating Scarborough in Miniature

Historic England has been working with local schoolchildren in Scarborough to create a new exhibition featuring a miniature version of their town.

My Place Now
20 July - 31 August
Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

'My Place Now' was created by Key Stage 2 pupils from five local schools as part of Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme. This is an award-winning national programme funded by the Department for Education to help schools make greater use of their local heritage in the curriculum.

Local artists and writers worked with the schoolchildren to explore their home town and their sense of place in the world.

The children also attended workshops, exploring Scarborough Museums Trust’s collections. They also learnt how an exhibition is put together.

The result is My Place Now, an exhibition of models in cardboard and papier-mâché representing places important to the children. These include local landmarks and listed buildings, and places close to their homes and schools.

The exhibition is interactive with opportunities for visitors to create their own building, and explore maps to discover how Scarborough has changed over the years.

By learning about where they live, young people gain a greater sense of place and identity. They also develop a pride and interest in caring for their home town. It has been wonderful working with Scarborough Museums Trust and enthusiastic local schools to help children learn about their local historic buildings through a range of exciting activities.

Julie Edwards, Local Heritage Education Manager for Historic England
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