Call for schools to join Norfolk Remembers war memorials project

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Pr

Lt Sophie Tasker, left, project officer, with members of the team launching the Norfolk Remembers Project. From 2nd left, Sophie Conroy, head of public facing activity at the Forum; Peter Martin, researcher; and Lt Col David Carter, of the Cambridge University Officer' Training Corps. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Schools across Norfolk are being urged to get involved in a project that aims to commemorate the men from their communities who died in the First World War.

The Norfolk Remembers campaign will focus on the hundreds of war memorials across the county, and encourage people to take photos of their local monuments on July 9.

They will be displayed on a big screen at the Forum in Norwich, with similar events planned in Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn, and will help create a database of all such memorials in Norfolk.

The project is being led by the Cambridge University Officer' Training Corps.

John Woodhouse, education advisor at Norfolk County Council's children's services department, said schools could get involved in a big or small a way.


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He said: 'The simplest level would be a teacher taking photos at a war memorial, and sending it in, but you could also have pictures on the school's walls and corridors. You could have rubbings, assemblies, poetry, art work, and you can do a study of any local war diaries.

'You could go from taking a few pictures, to building a huge unit of work.

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'The whole thing is about making it local. It's based around particular war memorials, and the thing about particular war memorials is that they commemorate people in quite a small location.'

He said that taking part in the project could help schools engage with their local communities, deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, and promote British values.

He added that the project comes at a convenient time for schools, after GCSEs and end-of-primary-school tests have finished.

Is your school interested in getting involved in the Norfolk Remembers project? Contact Sophie Tasker on op.norfolk.projectofficer@gmail.com

Do you have an education story? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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