We worked with young people, volunteers and teachers from Westfield Technology College and St Andrew’s School in Weymouth on the Pavilion Past Project. We partnered with Dorset History Centre to help the children understand history through a contemporary issue. The children learnt research skills, which they later used to explore the history of the Pavilion. We built links with older community groups and filmed interviews with local people to record their memories and experiences of the theatre. Our findings were put together on a website, on which we created a blog for the children to update. The interviews were compiled into a short film that we presented to over 240 people in the Pavilion Theatre, alongside an exhibition of photographs and a timeline of the theatre’s history.
Nerys Watts, South West Regional Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund said “This is yet another example of what the younger generation can achieve given the opportunity, and how the exploration of their heritage has enabled these young people to develop a greater sense of identity, and an appreciation of the diversity and breadth of their heritage, which they are sharing with a wider audience.”
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