History Society gets to grips with ‘People and Places’ project

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Banbridge Historical Society has been awarded funding from the Lottery Heritage Committee to produce an education pack for the use of local schools on ‘People and Places’.

The pack was written and produced with advice and help from Edenderry Primary School, who have scored another historical first.

Members of P5 appearing interested in People and Places project.

Members of P5 appearing interested in People and Places project.

It is planned to distribute copies of the pack to other local schools.

Mr Stephen Wilson, Principal of Edenderry Primary School, said: “We pride ourselves on providing a rounded education for pupils in our care and were delighted when Banbridge Historical Society asked us if we would like to take part in the lottery funded local history project.

“Local History is an important part of the Department of Education’s new enriched school curriculum.

“Local history is an important part of the curriculum because it arouses pupils’ interest in their environment. Insight into the lives of people who lived in the past can result in feelings of empathy and thankfulness for our comparatively comfortable existence and knowledge about local people and places enriches children’s lives.”

Chairman of Banbridge Historical Society , Adrian Howlett  giving a copy of the People and Places Project to the Principal of Edenderry Primary school, Stephen Wilson.

Chairman of Banbridge Historical Society , Adrian Howlett giving a copy of the People and Places Project to the Principal of Edenderry Primary school, Stephen Wilson.

Adrian Howlett, Chair of Banbridge Historical Society said, “We were delighted when our society won lottery funding to produce a local history pack for schools.

“We are very grateful to Edenderry Primary School for their co-operation and for the way they received and worked with our member, Doreen McBride, who wrote the pack, which was designed by Michael Wallace.”