History website for local schools launched

PUBLISHED: 14:08 09 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 10 June 2010

EXETER S Royal Albert Memorial Museum has joined up with Redhills Community Primary School to launch a new online package helping primary schools to delve into their local history.

EXETER'S Royal Albert Memorial Museum has joined up with Redhills Community Primary School to launch a new online package helping primary schools to delve into their local history.

Developed by Redhills Primary School teachers with museum experts, this new resource will help both teachers and children bring their local history to life.

While researching at the Devon Records Office and Westcountry Studies Library, two experienced teachers, Gail Brown and Sue Carter, discovered a workhouse right on their school's doorstep.

The Victorian workhouse became one focus of their studies.

They discovered that it served a vast area; that the poor, the disabled and the out-of-luck from almost 50 parishes around the River Exe were sent there.

Historically known as the "Hundred of Exminster", the area stretches from Ashcombe to Withycombe Raleigh, their research formed the basis of this wonderful new resource.

Councillor Kevin Mitchell, Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure, said: "It's wonderful to see people researching and sharing their local heritage, it's what Living Here is all about.

"This resource adds to the projects, films, plays, publications and exhibitions that are already part of Living Here."

Parents, friends and teachers from local schools have been invited to join Redhills School, Living Here staff and local dignitaries at the launch.

Guests will be introduced to the new resource package and also witness Redhills children performing a short drama set in the workhouse.

The new package is available at www.livinghere.org.uk - follow the links to Local Studies and KS2 Redhills Workhouse.


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