School’s sense of history gets pride of place

Hillmorton Primary School's special visit NNL-161128-163554001
Hillmorton Primary School's special visit NNL-161128-163554001

Pupils at Hillmorton Primary have been given a new book for the school library and a huge artwork for the school walls.

he gifts represented the final results of their art project about the nearby mast site.

They were handed over by local historian Malcolm Hancock and Johanne Thomas, from mast site developer Urban&Civic, at a recent assembly.

The project took place in the summer term, involving 233 pupils of all ages at the school.

They visited the radio station’s Grade II-listed C Station building, researching local knowledge about the site and interviewing former workers and historians.

The book and wall collage showcase a collection of all the children’s findings, artworks, sculptures, photography, drawings and poems, collated together in a keepsake.

Head Catherine Crisp said: “We were delighted to receive this fantastic keepsake as a reminder of our efforts working on the heritage arts project.

“It was a wonderful project to be involved with and it presented multiple learning opportunities for the children across a variety of disciplines.

“The project was truly educational and the children had a great time and a lot of fun at the old mast site.”

Mrs Thomas said: “Working with local schools and using the development to engage and inspire children and young people is something we do across all of our large development sites and at Rugby we have the fascinating, rich history of the site as a good starting point.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Hillmorton School and other local schools, including our own primary school St Gabriel’s CofE at Houlton, to bring more opportunities for children to learn about development and topics like ecology, architecture and construction.”