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EPE News Winter 07 2979

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Bringing local history to life
 WINTER 2007
 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News - Winter 2007page one
In this issue
page one
From the editor From the project manager 
update from Catherine Cavanagh
page two
Kent volunteer celebration event
 presentations and exhibition of volunteer work 
New team members
introducing Jessica Porter and Sarah Bedell
Cornwall book launch
Bishop of Truro leads pilgrimage
page three
Bristol paperback now published
an update from the Bristol Team Leaders
Exmoor archaeology forum
EPE research highlighted
News from the VCH
an update
‘Learning outside the classroom’
how EPE got involved
page four 
Meet the team
 Aretha George, Education & Skills Manager 
Ledbury school project
learning about Tudor life
Cornwall outreach project
 working with Penlee House
page fve
EPE and the historic built environment
our architectural projects
Learning Forum 2007
 sharing our successes
Sussex snippet
volunteer research revealed
page six
Oxfordshire update
update from the Oxon Team Leader 
 Volunteer case study
Eira Makepeace, Bristol
From the editor From the project manager 
 At over half way through the project,
 we’re reecting on what we’ve achieved
and learnt so far. The county planningmeetings are part of this process andhave been a good chance to catch up with progress. We now have a series of three bookspublished by Phillimore, with two morein press and six to follow in the newyear. To improve our editing service, VCH and EPE publications have beencombined under the managementof Kerry Whitston, assisted by JessicaPorter.The Learning Forum in November highlighted two more schools projects, for which you’ll see the resources on the web in the new year, with much
credit due to Aretha. Our rst outreach
activities took place in Cornwall when the University of the Third Ageparticipated in an arts project.I’ve just returned from Exmoor’s fascinating Archaeology Forum organisedby Rob Wilson-North of the NationalPark. A series of excellent papersbegan with Mary Siraut from Somerset VCH, who is completing the Exmoor book. Our Exmoor volunteer projectculminated in the detailed recordingand analysis of four historic farmsteads,showing best practice in historicconservation. Without the dedication of volunteersand staff, none of this would have beenpossible. Over the year, we’ve saidgood bye to a number of colleagues,and now extend our thanks to Stephen
Lubell from the central ofce and Jayne
Kirk and Maurice Howard in Sussex. Welcome to Sandra Dunster who hasreplaced Andrew Hann in Kent. We’ve only got two years left! Priorities for the coming year include closer working with VCH colleagues, setting up newprojects, and developing the websites toensure the sustainability of EPE.Enjoy the Christmas break.
Thank you to all who have contributed to the Explore website. See the new materialon www.ExploreEnglandsPast.org.uk and letus know what you think.
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 We have lots of news from our LearningProgramme in this issue, includingarticles on our outreach project inCornwall and our schools project inHerefordshire. We’ve also providedan overview of our important architec- tural and archaeological projects. Look out for more in-depth items in futureeditions. We have updates from across the counties, including the exciting news that our third paperback, Bristol: EthnicMinorities and the City 1000-2001 hasnow been published.Best wishes for 2008!
 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News - Winter 2007page two
Kent volunteer celebration event
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New team members
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Jessica Porter has joined us as Production Assistant, providing support to our Publication Manager, Kerry Whitston,across both VCH and EPE publications.  Jessica has been working in educationsince 2006 and previously trained to bea teacher. She is a Classics graduate andis studying for an MA in History. In her spare time she plays violin for BarnetSymphony Orchestra.EVALUATOR 
arah Bedell has been appointed as the evaluator for the EPE LearningProgramme. Sarah’s role will includeplanning an evaluation framework andstrategy for the learning programme, with reference to the current systemsin place. She will also support EPE with continuous evaluation and makerecommendations for future VCH work,using models developed through EPE.
Sarah’s ve steps will be to agree the
key aims and objectives for the learningprogramme; create a framework tosupport individual projects; collect andcollate the outcomes of the individualprojects; analyse the results; and toreport on the results and outcomes. A review report of completed projects will be available from early 2008. Sarahis a resource for our projects, so if you are working on the EPE learningprogramme, please feel free to provide feedback to her by emailingsarah@krazykat.org.uk On Saturday 27 October over 60people gathered at the Universityof Greenwich’s Medway campus to celebrate the success of the Kent volunteer programme. This was anopportunity to mark the end of thecurrent project, ‘People and work in theLower Medway Valley, 1750-1914’, and for departing Team Leader, Dr AndrewHann, to thank the volunteers for their support over the past two years. It alsoproved the ideal occasion for him topass on the baton to his successor, Dr Sandra Dunster, who will be working ona second project, focusing on the historyof the Medway towns. After an introduction from Dr JohnDunne, Head of History at Greenwich, Andrew Hann spoke about the positiveoutcomes of the EPE Kent project. As well as generating publicity for the VCHin Kent and producing an impressiveamount of research, the project hasbrought together a dedicated groupof volunteers, whose contributionhas been crucial to the success of the venture.Three of the volunteers then spokeabout their involvement in the project.This included a presentation fromLinda Brinklow on her research at thenewspaper collections at MaidstoneLibrary and a talk from Roger Smoothyabout his work producing photographs from 100 year old negatives found atHalling School. Dr Andrew Ashbeespoke about his work as co-ordinator of the census group and about hisinvolvement with the village survey inSnodland. Architectural consultants John Vigar and Dr John Newman then said a few words about the village survey work  they had supervised. John Vigar noted the important role the volunteers had
played in both eldwork and follow-up
 work in the archives. Finally, SandraDunster spoke about her new project,encouraging all present to get involved.The event closed with a wine receptionlaid on by the University of Greenwich,allowing everyone the chance to mingleand view the exhibition of project work.
Cornwall book launch
The Right Revd William Ind, the Bishop
of Truro, launched the rst of our 
Cornwall paperbacks at an event at StMichael’s Mount and the Folly Field,Marazion, on Saturday 29 September.The day began with pupils fromCamborne Science and CommunityCollege, who have been involved in the EPE school project, retracing the footsteps of medieval pilgrims fromLudgvan Church to St Michael’s Mount where they had lunch before complet-ing a treasure hunt. Just after 3pmnot one, but two Bishops, accompa-nied by other clergy and honouredguests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, theMayor of Marazion, Councillor Brittenand Lord St Levan, lead the pilgrimsback across the causeway to Folly Field,Marazion, where Bishop Bill well and truly launched the book. It was a fantas- tic event: the sun shone throughout theday, the sea was calm and lots of books were sold!
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 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News - Winter 2007page three
Bristol paperback now published
Madge Dresser & Peter Fleming,Team Leaders
 We are pleased to say that our paperback,
Bristol: Ethnic Minoritiesand the City 1000-2001
has now beenpublished and will be formally launchedat Bristol’s beautifully refurbished OldCouncil House on 12 March 2008.  After all the research by ourselves,Edson Burton, Joe Hillaby and ForwardMaisokwadzo, and our volunteers, and the sterling work done by EPE’seditorial team, it is good to be able toshare the results. We are beginning togive talks about our research and theinterest it is generating is palpable. This week, for example, we enjoyed anenthusiastic response from an audienceof 120 sixth formers at Bristol’s QueenElizabeth Hospital, whose school wasactually built on the site of Bristol’smedieval Jewish cemetery. A number of educational and outreach projectsconcerned with ethnicity and thecity’s past have contacted us to learnmore about our research and, asacademic advisors to the new Museumof Bristol, we see much potential for 
 further sharing our ndings with the
public. Having worked closely withEnglish Heritage photographer JamesO Davies, we were thrilled to learn thathis photograph of the Imam at one of Bristol’s earliest mosques was recentlyshort listed in a competition run by theNational Portrait Gallery in London andis currently on display there. Aretha was recently asked to be arepresentative of the Heritage Sector Partnership for the Learning Outside theClassroom Manifesto.The Manifesto was launched inNovember 2006. It brings together acoalition of more than 500 organisa- tions, including local government andprivate and voluntary sectors, with theaim of providing every young person with a wide range of high quality learningexperiences, outside the classroom.There are eight ‘sector partners’ includ-ing Heritage. The Heritage Sector Partnership has an active role to push forward and advise on the manifestoguidelines and packages.The England’s Past for Everyone schoolsprogramme offers good examples of how pupils at Key Stages 1 – 3 can
benet from exploring their local history
outside of the classroom, and in partner-ship with Heritage organisations. TheManifesto is being supported by theDepartment for Children, Schools andFamilies (DCSF).For more information please visit www.teachernet.gov.uk/ learningoutsidetheclassroom
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto
On Saturday 1 December 2007 the7th Exmoor Archaeology Forum drew130 guests to the recently restored barnnear Dunster church. After a welcome from Rob Wilson-North,Dr Nigel Stone of Exmoor National Park  Authority gave an introduction. MichaelPitt then treated us to an account of thesuccessful restoration of the barn as a valued and much-used community hall.Mary Siraut gave an illustrated talk onaspects of Exmoor settlements includingshort-lived Landcombe farm, Mollandand the Buckingham family. John Thorpe then provided an overview of the four  farmsteads he had surveyed for theEPE Exmoor project. In particular hediscussed the investment in farmingin the mid 19th century and the later change and adaptation of those buildings.Isabel Richardson then gave a talk on theNational Trust farm buildings on Exmoor. After coffee and cakes the keynotespeaker was Ian Constantinides, director of St. Blaise Limited, a company set up25 years ago specialising in the repair of historic buildings, who gave a veryentertaining and thought provoking talk entitled ‘Conservation - why bother?’In the afternoon we had a number of short talks on the impact of developmentof historic buildings by Jonathan Rhind, the landscape setting of historic buildingsby Caroline Garrett and the history andrestoration of the roof of Dunster castle by William Wake, Stephen Bond, and MikeHeaton. After tea and more cakes the companyreluctantly dispersed.
Exmoor Archaeology ForumNews from the VCH
On 31 October over 100 guestsgathered at the Royal College of Surgeons to attend our annual MarcFitch lecture, this year given by Professor Linda Colley. A most enjoyable lecture was followed by the chance to view the exhibits in the College’s HunterianMuseum. This was not for the squea-mish, particularly on Halloween!In February we will be celebrating 75years of the VCH at the Institute of His- torical Research. An evening reception,special seminar series and celebratorybook are planned.Our thanks to Madge Dresser andRobin Studd who retired from the VCHNational Committee this year. We welcome new members, Professor Hicks, Dr. Angus Winchester and Dr. Julian Munby.
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