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EPE News Winter 08 4527

EPE News Winter 08 4527

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Published by David Connolly
In this issue we are celebrating the launch of our Schools Learning Zone at BETT 2009 in January. We have included a two-page Schools Special (p.5-6) which we hope will inspire teachers and other learning professionals to use our resources. Visit us at BETT on Stand T50.
We also have news of two book launches and some exciting archaeological finds in both Herefordshire
and Oxfordshire. Our star of Meet the Team is new Web Manager, Dima Nemchenko, and Odette
Buchanan talks about her experiences as a Kent volunteer.
In this issue we are celebrating the launch of our Schools Learning Zone at BETT 2009 in January. We have included a two-page Schools Special (p.5-6) which we hope will inspire teachers and other learning professionals to use our resources. Visit us at BETT on Stand T50.
We also have news of two book launches and some exciting archaeological finds in both Herefordshire
and Oxfordshire. Our star of Meet the Team is new Web Manager, Dima Nemchenko, and Odette
Buchanan talks about her experiences as a Kent volunteer.

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Bringing local history to life
 WINTER 2008
 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News - Winter 2008page one
In this issue
page one
From the editor 
Schools Learning Zone
at BETT 2009
the launch of our school resources
page two
 VCH Hampshire trials EPE toolkit
volunteer toolkit gets project started
Local history takes centre stage in Derbs
book launch and local history fair 
page three
Exciting discovery by Oxon team
‘lost’ medieval church uncovered?
Schools update
update from Skye Dillon
page four 
Meet the team
Dima Nemchenko, Web Manager 
The Exford aisle
research from Exmoor 
From the project manager 
update from Catherine Cavanagh
pages ve and six
Schools Special
Bringing local history to schoolsCase studies from our Bristol, Cornwall andOxfordshire projects
page seven
 Volunteers unearth human bones
discoveries at our Herefordshire dig 
New red book launched
New Yorkshire East Riding volume now available
 Volunteers inspire oral history project
Exmoor farmers interviewed
page eight
Parham preview
our next paperback revealed
Education on the road
the adventures of our E&S Manager 
 Volunteer case study
Odette Buchanan, Kent
From the editor 
In this issue we are celebrating thelaunch of our 
Schools Learning Zone
 at BETT 2009 in January. We haveincluded a two-page Schools Special(p.5-6) which we hope will inspire teachers and other learning profes-sionals to use our resources. Visit us at BETT onStand T50. We also have news of two book launches and some exciting archaeo-
logical nds in both Herefordshire
and Oxfordshire. Our star of 
 Meetthe Team
is new Web Manager,Dima Nemchenko, and OdetteBuchanan talks about her experi-ences as a Kent volunteer.
Schools Learning Zone to be launched at BETT 2009
Our exciting new resource,
SchoolsLearning Zone (SLZ),
will belaunched in January at BETT 2009,Olympia, London.BETT is the world’s largesteducational technology event and the perfect venue for promotingour site. Our website will host free, downloadable resources for  teachers and interactive activities for pupils. Several resource packs will beavailable at the launch, and more willbe added over the coming year.The material is aimed at Key Stages1-3 and has been written by theeducational professionals involved in the EPE school projects. Historicalresearch by EPE volunteers andprofessional historians has fed into the school projects. The resultingresources have been checked for historical accuracy by VCH andEPE editors and will also be testedand reviewed by a user group throughout 2009.The online resources are based onour EPE school projects and will alsobe arranged according to theme andKey Stage. Themes include Tudor history, farming, religious sites andMedieval history. The resources will include lesson plans, historicalmaterial, activities and timelines. Thematerial is linked to the NationalCurriculum, and will also explainhow the lessons can be used for cross-curricular learning. The SLZis intended to be used by teachersand pupils across England and, beingcase study based, offers inspiration for similar learning outside the EPEcounties.Read more about our projects andresources in the
Schools Special
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 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News -Winter 2008page two
 VCH Hampshire trials EPE volunteer kit
by Jean Morrin, VCH Hampshire
Local history takes centre stage in Derbyshire
 VCH Hampshire has been usingelements of the EPE volunteer  toolkit to help set-up and manage their volunteer project. The toolkithas been developed to help supportlocal volunteer activities. Documentsinclude guidance on initial skillsassessment and evaluation tocelebration and legal issues.Established for nearly a year, the volunteer group aims to producenew VCH Hampshire Red Books,beginning with Basingstoke and itssurrounding area. Draft text onone of the parishes, Mapledurwell,should be ready for the website byMarch 2009 and a plan of work hasbeen devised for the research into the town of Basingstoke. About 30 volunteers, many from the the Basingstoke Archaeologicaland Historical Society, havebeen researching census, tradedirectories, wills and inventories. A  few of the volunteers have previousresearch and publishing experiencebut most do not.Two Derbyshire events helpedlaunch the latest EPE paperback,
Bolsover: Castle, Town and Colliery.
On 29 October over 90 guestsattended Bolsover’s Assembly Hall
 to mark the ofcial launch. The
event was overseen by RobertGent, Secretary to the Derbyshire VCH Trust and Assistant Director of Derbyshire County Council’sCultural and Community Services. John Bather, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire launched the book, andpaid tribute to the work of the VCHand the EPE project in Derbyshire.The authors, Philip Riden andDudley Fowkes, thanked volunteers for their input into the publication,along with the numerousPalaeography is learnt at fortnightlymeetings of the wills group, whenseventeenth century wills andinventories are transcribed. Sarah
Lewin of Hampshire Record Ofce
has run palaeography sessions andmaps evenings for volunteers. A  few volunteers are individuallyresearching the education of theparish on which they are working.Group walks of Basingstoke and theparishes were organised during thesummer which served to familiarizeall with the study area as well asencouraging the group to shareknowledge and get to know eachother.institutions who had helped withaccess to material. Professor JohnBeckett, VCH Director, presentedcomplimentary copies to the LordLieutenant and local civic leaders. Guests included the Chair of theCounty Council, Councillor JanetHill; Councillor Ken Walker, Chair of Bolsover District Council; the Mayor and
Chair of Old Bolsover TownCouncil, Councillor Tom Rodda; andCouncillor Steve Fritchley, Chair of Scarcliffe Parish Council. The central team were also on hand to talk to guests about the projectand the Explore website whichprovides free access to additionalmaterial on Bolsover. On Saturday 1 November over 45local, family history and heritageorganisations gathered for the‘Scarsdale Local History Fair’ in
Chestereld’s Winding Wheel.
 Largely sponsored by the EPEproject, the event was opened by
 the Deputy Major of Chestereld,
Cllr Adrian Kitch, and proved a hit with exhibitors and guests. The EPEstand was prominent in the entrance foyer, and the book’s authors spoke to visitors about the Bolsover book and our next project, on theHardwick estate. Throughout the day the exhibition was stewarded by volunteers from the Derbyshire Victoria CountyHistory Trust, who had organised the event.The fair, now a biennial favourite in the local and family history calendar,gives an opportunity for groups to network and to promote their activities to members of the public.
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 www.EnglandsPastForEveryone.org.uk EPE News - Winter 2008page three
New school projects for 2009
Oxfordshire update
 At the time of writing theOxfordshire team is in a state of excitement following the discovery, just a few days ago, of burials at asite near Henley, where we havebeen pursuing the site of a ‘lost’medieval church.
 VCH documentary work identied
 the probable location some timeago, and the current investigation is the result of a collaboration between the Oxfordshire VCH and EPE teams, and volunteers from theSouth Oxfordshire ArchaeologicalGroup. As there is much work still tobe done a fuller account must wait for a future EPE News: by then, we
may have rm dates for the burials.
Meanwhile, interest in Oxfordshire’sBurford project has mounted steadilysince the launch of our Burfordpaperback in June. The OxfordshireLocal History Association’s autumnmeeting was dedicated entirely to the project, with talks by the book’sauthors and volunteer contributorsin the morning, and guided walkabouts in the afternoon. Severalpeople took the opportunity to buy the book – one purchaser confessed that she’d had her local library’scopy so long she was embarrassed to renew it again! Several villagehistory groups have asked for talkson the Burford work, and details areon the EPE and VCH websites.For Henley, our Census and Probate volunteer groups continue to makeinteresting discoveries. A recentlydiscovered will and inventory, for instance, have revealed an unknown17th-century bowling green on the town’s edge, associated with a tavern where local gentlemen left their bowls for safe-keeping.The Oxfordshire schools project isalso reaching fruition, with onlinematerial being edited for web-mounting, and evaluation underway.In the words of one of the teachersinvolved, ‘I enjoyed all of it – butI really liked seeing the studentsbeaming with pride at all that theyhave achieved’. See the
(p.5 & 6)
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Most of our school projects are nowcomplete; feedback and evaluationhas been received from all involvedin the projects. This information isimportant for the development of new school projects, and overallevaluation of the EPE LearningProgramme. Thanks to everyoneinvolved so far, the success of theprojects, plus the positive feedback  from the schools and partneringorganisations, shows that interacting with local history can be relevant,cross-curricular and fun for children’slearning.Learning material has been received from the completed schoolprojects in Bristol, Cornwall, Exmoor,Herefordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire,Sussex and Wiltshire. Dean Smarthas completed work on the BristolDiversity educational material, but willcontinue to develop new material for EPE in 2009 (a Bristol Multiethnic Trailand an update of the Bristol SlaveryTrail).School projects for County Durhamand Derbyshire are planned to run in the spring term 2009. Living HistoryNorth East has started developing aproject for schools in Sunderland, basedon Victorian life in the city. Derbyshire
County Council has conrmed
partnership (with the assistance of aHistory Advanced Skills Teacher) for aschool project in Bolsover. This aims toinvolve both Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils(ages 7 – 14), and will be based on the theme of coal mining in the area.
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