To cherry pick the localloalhistory website
create a CD for Your School
The website requires Broadband and, while schools can make this available,
a specially made CD would be cheap to make (20p. a copy?) and anyone
with a laptop could work at home. Give one to every new teacher who arrives
at the school. Catch their enthusiasm early and they will invent new
ways of using the material that we have not thought of.
Making the CD
Some articles, maps, etc will be useful to all schools and some may
not. The very local maps of individual school sites will apply to that
school only, so there will be an interest in thinning the material somewhat.
Schools outside the Stoke Newington area will need to create their own
sequences of maps of their own districts and also the very local ‘footprint
maps’ for each school site. The Introduction to the website will
suggest some of the multitude of maps which are available, including
some most people never see in their lifetimes. They are available at
the Local History Archives.
Articles on Building materials, Geology, Open Spaces, Industrial History,
etc may be of general interest, but schools far away from Stoke Newington
may like to substitute some of them with studies of their own local industrial
histories. Mining towns or cotton towns for example, will have their
own histories, some brilliantly written.
A School CD could be a valuable co-operative effort by teachers, parents
and the Local Archivist and be used and re-used for years.
January 16, 2009 4:24 PM