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Hodge helps get Whitechapel heritage off the ground

PUBLISHED: 13:08 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

SCHOOLKIDS learning about the history and art of London’s East End helped launch a project run by the Whitechapel Gallery to the rest of the country last week. Around 600 pupils from Tower Hamlets primary schools have been piloting the ’Archive Adventures’ scheme and children went to Westminster to help roll it out nationally last Wednesday

By Victoria Huntley

SCHOOLKIDS learning about the history and art of London's East End helped launch a project run by the Whitechapel Gallery to the rest of the country last week.

Around 600 pupils from Tower Hamlets primary schools have been piloting the Archive Adventures scheme and children went to Westminster to help roll it out nationally last Wednesday.

Kids from Bigland Green Primary School joined Minister for Culture Margaret Hodge and the art gallery's director Iwona Blazwick to launch the programme which encourages children to learn about their area's history.

The Whitechapel's curator of education programmes, Melanie Dymond, said: "Archive Adventures helps children to understand more about their local area and the important role art has played in its history.

"It's great to see them talking so enthusiastically about their art work and what they have learnt."

Archive Adventures provides schools with a tailor-made week-long project incorporating the history of each school and its local area through activities such as performance, photography and the creation of installations.

An artist and a historian work together at each school using stories drawn from the Whitechapel Gallery's 100-year-old archive to bring history to life and encourage children to explore their own subjective views and experiences.

Margaret Hodge said at the launch: "The Whitechapel Gallery's education project Archive Adventures is really exciting.

"It will stimulate creativity in children and give them opportunities that could lead to a positive impact on their lives.

"By investigating archives, the project is also helping children recognise their identity. It shines a light on their personal history and the history of the area they live in."

An interactive website will run alongside the project, giving children the opportunity to post what they have discovered and created on their own online scrapbook pages.

More information online at:

www.whitechapel.org/archiveadventures


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