Almost thirty members and associates of FACE met in the grand surroundings of the Museum of English Rural Life for a seminar on Living History.
The first speaker was Jerome Freeman, QCA Adviser for History. He explained the current situation within the History national curriculum and the changes that are to be implemented. In particular, he highlighted the development of a hybrid GCSE in History in response to the White Paper published in October 2004. Delegates identified areas of opportunity for visit providers, such as open farms, to be involved in the new vocational courses.
Jerome Freeman's PowerPoint Presentation - 'An update on 4-19 History from QCA' (475kb)
Consultant Nicola Brooks outlined the QCA units which schools might be studying when they choose to visit a farm or outdoor location. She then involved everyone in “hands-on” workshops, looking at buildings and artefacts through the eyes of children.
Nicola Brooks' PowerPoint Presentation on 'Making the most of historical resources' (110kb)
The worksheets used during the seminar have also been made available:
Looking at Buildings - worksheet1.pdf (178kb)
Looking at Buildings continued - worksheet2.pdf (158kb)
Looking at Objects - worksheet3.pdf (159kb)
In the afternoon, Roy Brigden Keeper of the Museum of English Rural Life explained how the museum had developed and highlighted the archives it cares for, in particular its vast collection of photographs, records of agricultural companies and organisations, a collection of engineering drawings and of course many books.
The new Museum opened in 2005 and the collections are still being installed. Delegates were able to end the day amongst the collections. They saw the fascinating introductory audio visual presentation and then browsed the unique collection which is being displayed thematically through wood, straw, metal and leather.
FACE wishes to thank Jerome and Nicola for their excellent presentations and, in particular, Roy Brigden for hosting the seminar and giving us an insight into the continued development of the Museum of English Rural Life.
Organisations or individuals who would like further advice about using buildings and artefacts during schools visits are welcome to contact FACE.