'We bring up our children to walk past buildings and to live, learn and shop in them. Rarely does anyone help children to take buildings to pieces with their eyes and minds. Just as we have anthologies of poetry, compact discs of music, and displays of reproductions of paintings in schools, could we not have a collection of the materials that we use to build.'

Professor Michael Marland, Headmaster of North Westminster Community School,
writing in Perspectives on 'Architecture',
the journal of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 1996.

 

'At present geologists are racking their brains to think of ways of providing the geology required by the National Curriculum for Science. A recent experiment in North Westminster Community School, Paddington, could provide an idea to be borrowed in other areas. — a carefully structured geological 'wall' — a giant porthole using blocks of Portland Stone with a fine smooth finish — three large panels of igneous rocks — a yellow brick wall - - a spectacular gneissic granite in which very large feldspars are sheared and streaked out into ragged shapes which shout 'deformation'. Carrara Marble creates a raised podium, while below are squares of rough-riven Delabole Slate.'

Eric Robinson, Geology Today, May-June 1996

 

'— the main purpose of the RTZ Geological Garden is to give students a chance to study the different kinds of rock and processes such as weathering which they need for the National Curriculum work. Granites, slate, marble and Portland stone with its packed fossils, are among the rock types featured. The wall is incomplete. Blank panels await filling with the result of future collecting projects where collections will be mounted in square frames using mortar. This will give added life to the project and continued ownership by the school.

Eric Robinson, Urban Wildlife News,
Vol 13 No 3 August 1996

 

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