ELHAS News - February 2011

School Visits to the Heritage Centre

This month has seen ELHAS involved with two local schools in giving children an insight into the area in which they live and how it has developed and changed over the past 200 years.

On Tuesday 17th February we were delighted to welcome almost 60 year five children and their teachers from St Theresa's Primary School. The children are involved in learning about the local area. Splitting into two groups the children had taken time out from their lessons to take a walk around Cross Gates, looking at the buildings and seeing what they could find out about them. They then visited the Heritage Centre in Cross Gates library, to hear a short talk by Jacki and Bob Lawrence on the history of Cross Gates. The presentation showed images of Cross Gates now and photos taken over the last 100 years, so the children could relate the history of the area to the places they had just visited. In this way they were able to see how the area had changed and grown, and in some cases how it had remained much the same. Much lively discussion followed the talk, with the children keen to ask questions about all aspects of Cross Gates, with a great deal of interest being shown in the gasometer for some reason.

Thursday 19th February was the turn of 25 year three pupils from Cross Gates Primary School to hear the same presentation. They were accompanied by their teacher and head mistress. In a departure from normal practice for school visits, their teacher had also invited parents to join them. It was really gratifying to see a row of Mums who seemed to be enjoying the talk as much as their offspring. The talk again generated lots of questions and discussion by the children. At the end they were able to spend some time looking at the displays in the Heritage Centre, and much enjoyed pouring over the old maps which clearly showed how Cross Gates has grown and developed over the years.

Timeline charts were given to the teachers, showing the dates of important events in Cross Gates. We were also happy to present them with two booklets about local history produced by the society.