WWI Journey for City’s Reading Bus

The Reading Bus’ ‘Working Life to War Life’ education project was launched last week. The Heritage Lottery funded project aims to empower school pupils, volunteers and  young people in Aberdeen in uncovering and retelling the transformation of people’s working lives in the North East of Scotland during WWI. These stories will be brought to life through a mix of expressive arts and digital technology.

The education strand will involve eight primaries: Danestone, Dyce, Tullos, Hazlehead, Hanover Street, Ferryhill, Scotstown and Skene Square. Each school will research a particular aspect of WWI and will work with artists to translate their findings into an art form, including creative movement, film and creative writing. Allan Paterson from Aberdeen Urban Studies Trust will be delivering workshops exploring life in 1914 and how the city has changed. Hazlehead Primary have launched into their project with enthusiasm.

The two primary seven classes have visited the Gordon Highlanders Museum and participated in an exciting movement sequence with Linzi McLagan, education officer at City Moves. Meanwhile, Miss Johnstone’s class in Dyce are exploring the former Conscientious Objectors camp (now a car park). Today the took part in an exciting session where they explored what life was like for a CO. They took part in drama activities and even cooked like a CO. CPD sessions are being delivered to support the project. This week Barry Donaldson, Laura Thomson and Allan Paterson will deliver a CPD session focused on historical enquiry skills. Two sessions are also being delivered on the creative use of digital media. To find out more about The Reading Bus follow us on Twitter – @readingbus1

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