Photographs by local schoolchildren, capturing the essence of Halewood, have been turned into a book thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, secured by Knowsley’s Library Service.
The project was a collaboration between local school children and the Archive Resource for Knowsley (ARK), and the idea came about after a local history workshop with local young people. During the session, they discussed heritage and what it meant to them. The young people said they felt a strong sense of being connected with Halewood, and Merseyside generally, and that this was something which made them feel proud.
During the session many of the young people also said they were interested in photography – and so the idea to capture local history and heritage on film was born!
Children from the Halewood C of E’s Primary’s history club were then trained up and sent out and about in their hometown to take photographs of how it looks today – with the idea of creating a book to preserve images of Halewood 2016 for future generations.
In all, 29 boys and girls aged eight to 10 took part in the photography, meeting weekly to work on the project with the help of volunteers from Knowsley Council who shared their expertise in photography, art, history and social and community provision.
As well as learning digital photography techniques, the children were given access to historical records and helped to make use of them. The children were also inspired to do art and creative writing based on the project too.
A video was also made to support the project and capture how the children felt about having been involved.
Dave Smith, Head teacher of Halewood C of E, said:
“The children have really enjoyed working on this project. Not only have they learnt an awful lot about digital photography, they’ve also gained a fascinating insight into local history and heritage, which has meant a lot to them.
“They are all really proud of the finished book and it’s quite an achievement to have been involved in the making of something that will be of real interest to people in the years to come.”
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:
“This has been a fantastic project in which the young people have learnt so many new skills and have become even better connected to the history and heritage of their local area.
“It is great that these young people feel so proud of where they live and as a result of this project they know so much more about their hometown and have created a brilliant resource for others, too.”
The finished book will now be printed and will be available in the ARK and in all Knowsley libraries for people to look at.
About Archive Resource Knowsley (ARK)
The ARK is a collection of the borough’s historical records and documents that reflect the social and political history of the communities that make up the modern borough of Knowsley. The unique collection includes maps, photographs and documents; some dating back as far as the 13th century, which tell stories of real people living and working in the area.
The community history projects enable people to learn about Knowsley’s history and heritage, and participate in capturing more of these stories through different mediums such as oral histories, drama, photographs, film and artwork, which are then deposited in the archive for future generations to access.
The ARK collection can be accessed at the ARK in Kirkby Library.
Call in during library opening times or telephone to make an appointment outside of these times on 0151 443 4365.