We’re absolutely delighted to have received funding recently from Historic England | Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport | National Lottery Heritage Fund and | Arts Council England for schools projects within the Heritage Action Zone in North Shields as part of #HistoricHighStreets.
We have a number of projects lined up for KS2 and KS3 pupils which we hope will ignite their interest in local history. They’ll learn about important events and people from North Shields’ past through a medium that most children love – Technology.
We’ll use Photogrammetry, film making, Animation, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality as just a few of the ways to engage the children in discovering local heritage.
The first of these projects began recently with KS2 children from three local schools – New York Primary School, Monkhouse Primary School and Battle HIll Primary School.
Pupils learnt about the signficance of the iconic Wooden Dolly in North Shields’ history. Two of the school groups scaled scaffolding to take photographs on their I-pads to then turn 2D images into a 3D printed model of the Wooden Dolly with the help of animator Katy Hackers using photogrammetry.
New York Primary School put together a presentation for us on what they had learnt – quite it lot it seems!
What a super group of pupils! @NYPSYr5Meerkats @Newyorkprimary
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Top marks guys – you smashed it! @NYPSYr5Meerkats @Newyorkprimary
Enjoy your summer break! We hope to see you next year for #STEM Week 🤞🏽
Originally tweeted by The Heritologists (@Heritologists) on 15th Jul 2021.
Another group of children used a 360° camera to film and narrate points of interest in the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).
The film that was created was loaded onto our VR headsets and we can now show it in virtual reality.
Take a look at it on your phone, tablet or PC!
To get the very best experience – view on a VR headset if you have one.
As part of Heritage Open Days in September 2021 we will be at The Exchange on Howard Street and you’re welcome to come and try it out on our VR headsets! Keep an eye out for exactly when we will be there.
We also created a short film of the session which the pupils narrated.
Schools have broken up for summer now, but we are looking forward to starting in September with Waterville Primary School for the next of our exciting projects!