- As the school closest to St John’s Wood Burial Ground and Samuel Godley’s gravestone, Barrow Hill Junior School is a leading partner. Two Year 5 classes will participate in project activities over 2 years. Head teacher David Tomlinson and class teacher Richard Ellison have made invaluable contributions to developing the project’s structure and the focus of the Activity Pack. The documentary film will be added to the schools archive.
Digital Works is training and mentoring 16 children from Barrow Hill School and work with Westminster City Archives to create a documentary about the project. The children are working collaboratively to devise questions, structure and conduct interviews of key donors, participants, and facilitators in the community during museum visits and workshops in their school with the entire school group. Digital Works will work with the children when making important decisions about editing the final film.
The collaboration with the Household Cavalry Museum has been instrumental in developing the Education Pack. In April/May, schools will visit the Household Cavalry Museum to learn about Samuel Godley’s. They will “meet Samuel Godley” – an actor in costume who will lead a question-answer session about uniform and guide a tour of the museum to see treasures from the Battle of Waterloo. The children will have the chance to walk through the very space that Godley would have known intimately, and to observe the changing of the guard – a historical custom dating back to 1820. Later in the year, an animation workshop for the public will be held in the stables. Stay tuned to hear more about Samuel Godley Day in 2018!
The Cartoon Museum
The use of historical caricatures and satirical prints as a means to learn about social history and popular belief has been a core focus. In July 2017 the schools will visit the Cartoon Museum over four days. They will be given a tour of the exhibitions of historical caricatures and contemporary political cartoons, looking for the works of Hogarth, Cruikshank, Gillray, and others who feature in the project’s education publication. Building upon skills developed in a Portraiture and Caricature workshop held in the Spring, the tour will be followed by another creative exercise where each child will make his/her own mini-comic.
The National Army Museum
The schools will visit the newly refurbished National Army Museum in the Autumn for a tour of the exhibitions and, more importantly, for a closer look at the Siborne Model. Building upon the knowledge developed during the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015 and the course of the project, the visit will re-analyse the story with a more local focus putting Samuel Godley at the centre of the discussion.