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Schoolkids trace their East End roots in history project

PUBLISHED: 18:11 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

A LOCAL history project by schoolchildren that traces the roots of the rich and famous in the East End has been shortlisted for a national heritage award. The project at Whitechapel’s Toynbee Settlement, called Trace,’ has been selected from more than 700 other National Lottery-funded schemes across Britain to run for the Best Heritage Project’ title, in public voting by phone and online

A LOCAL history project by schoolchildren that traces the roots of the rich and famous in London’s East End has been shortlisted for a national heritage award.

The project at Whitechapel’s Toynbee Settlement, called Trace,’ has been selected from more than 700 other National Lottery-funded schemes across Britain to run for the Best Heritage Project’ title, in public voting by phone and online.

Some 20 youngsters from Bethnal Green Technology College have been gathering oral histories from famous people and others to put together a picture of what growing up in the East End was like years ago, compared to life today.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow took part, advising the team on interviewing skills and giving them a tour of the ITN studios.

“The youngsters I met were committed to the project,” he said.

“Their work really deserves this public recognition—they have my vote.”

The Trace’ project, funded by National Heritage Lottery, has helped the young team of 11 to 15 year olds, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, get involved in their communities, meet older people and learn about project management, teamwork, research and problem-solving.

The first round of voting to select the finalists ends on July 4 by phone on 0845-3863599 (local rate), or online:

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards


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