Fields of Remembrance builds on our longstanding relationship with Paganel Primary School in Weoley Castle. The school have their own ARCHON registered Archives at the school and hold a weekly After-School Archives group and have been supported by PHC member Marcus Belben.
As part of our work to mark the Centenary of the First World War we have been helping pupils to explore the impact of the war on their neighbourhood.
The Heritage Lottery Funded project has enabled us to take pupils to key sites in the area to deepen their understanding of the period. At Lodge Hill Cemetery they have been exploring the stories behind the names engraved on plot B10 – the Commonwealth War Graves. Through interactive activities they have covered topics ranging from the role of military personnel from across the British Empire, recruitment of underage boys, the Labour Corps and the role of local hospital facilities at places such as the University of Birmingham and Highbury Hall.
A second outing took pupils to visit the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square, the ‘Birmingham: Its History, Its People’ gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and finally the ‘Voices of the First World War: community projects from Birmingham and the Midlands’ exhibition, currently on at the Library of Birmingham until 5th January.
A short film to document the project will appear in early 2019.
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