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With the help of the school and a local web company, Mike led weekly sessions with a group of keen youngsters. They learnt a whole raft of new skills – from curating an exhibition to making a video from oral testimonies – as well as becoming world experts on the history of the Herbert Group.


The project was generously funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and was, they said, a pretty rare example of a collaborative heritage project between a commercial company and a school.


THE LAUNCH


Pupils and parents from Samuel Ward Technology College joined Keystage for a special launch event to mark the completion of the first stage of the company’s history website. The young people, accompanied by three of their teachers from the school showed the staff and parents how the site works. The pupils had prepared their own presentation and were clearly proud of being able to contribute so much to the history site. After a welcome by the company’s Chairman, Mr Richard Herbert, the pupils showed their parents and some of the management team from Herberts what they had been working on with Keystage for the last eight months. The project, funded by the Young Roots Programme of the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a contribution made by The Herbert Group, began in January and ended with the launch in July. ‘Ended’ is not quite right. So taken with the project were the pupils that they have asked their teacher to form a new history club which now meets each Wednesday. The school and the company will continue to add to the site – so it is always worth going back to see what’s new there. According to one of the pupils, ‘This has been a really interesting project, we have learned so much about Herberts and it is really cool to see our work up there on the site.”


Take a look at the site: www.herberthistory.co.uk


The website, and its purpose within the project, has been reviewed by Chris Holmes on the ‘History Company’ website. The ‘History Company’ “specialises in sourcing, writing and bringing together historical content in print, pictures and audio.” To read the review, take a look at this link: historycompany - herbert


If you want advice on designing a heritage project that will involves young people and/or other members of the community, get in touch with Keystage by clicking here.

 

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