Many of my sessions for SCHOOLS explore cultural heritage. Exploring heritage can be done in a range of ways and these sessions involve art, music, role-play, research and making things
Jason Flies Again
An international project celebrating the 90th anniversary of Amy Johnson's solo flight to Australia. the project invites children across the world to create a model of Jason the Gipsy Moth aeroplane and film themselves 'flying' their plane. Footage is being used in a film to recreate Amy Johnson's flight from Croydon to Darwin in 1930. To find out more click the image of Amy below:
Kenley Revival Project
The creation of my one-woman show, 'Amy Johnson : Last Flight Out' led me to designing subsequent workshops for Kenley Revival Project. Kenley is home to the last surviving intact airfield, Kenley Aerodrome.
Workshops took place with Year 2 and Year 3 children in libraries across Caterham and Kenley exploring the role of women in the ATA during WW2. These workshops featured research and fact finding in the library and an interactive group roleplay session involving a small squadron of cardboard Spitfires!
Kenley Memories - by Lillias Barr
I recorded and edited a set of memoirs written by Lillias Barr, a WAAF at Kenley Aerodrome during the Battle of Britain.
These can be heard by clicking the image of Lillias Barr below:
Magna Carta Through Song
I was commissioned by Egham Museum near Runnymede to write and record four songs exploring the legacy of Magna Carta. These songs and films exist as a learning resource for KS2 children.
I am able to perform the songs live and run associated 'illuminated art' workshops.
Song 1: From Runnymede
This song takes you on a journey from Runnymede in 1215 through to modern day, stopping off at key moments in the struggle for liberty and equality. An excellent way for pupils to explore the history of liberty and the legacy of Magna Carta.
Song 2: America
This song explores the relationship between Magna Carta, Runnymede, liberty and America. It touches upon how Magna Carta both inspired the creation and then justified the expansion of America, the complex relationship between the American ideal of liberty and its practice and the modern American interest in Runnymede as a site of secular pilgrimage, highlighted in the American visit to Runnymede in 1944 and the 1957 American funded Magna Carta memorial.
Song 3: Birds
The human stories behind the clauses of Magna Carta is the theme of Jenny’s second song. How many Magna Carta clauses can you spot in the lyrics?
Song 4: My Father
This song looks at the reign of King John and the road to Runnymede and Magna Carta through the eyes of John’s son, the future Henry III. Illustrations courtesy of Louella, aged nine.
Two more animation commissions from Egham Museum resulted in these two short films...
This film working with children's drawings tells the story of Isabel Cowe who was summoned by the police in Egham for riding her bicycle on the pavement. She had taken part in a big Suffragette Pilgrimage all the way from Edinburgh! This event was part of Egham Museum's 'Suffrage in Egham' project which was funded by Arts Council England.
The National Egg Collection
I worked with children at Egham Hythe Community Primary School to create this short film which tells some of the stories from Egham in the First World War. Egham, like many small towns, was impacted by the First World War in a variety of ways. From munitions workers to nurses, women often stepped up into new roles while their brothers, husbands, fathers and uncles were away in the trenches.
Egham Museum's 'Women at War' project aims to shed some light on these stories. See https://www.memoriesofwar.eghammuseum.org for more information. This film tells the story of the National Egg Collection and the Princess Military Christian Hospital, which is just one of the stories uncovered by the museum's research.