Abbey Park First School, Pershore
Cherry Orchard First School Pershore
Cropthorne with Charlton C E First School
Defford-cum-Besford C E First School
Drakes Broughton C E First and Middle School
Eckington C E First School
Elmley Castle C of E First School
Holy Redeemer R C Primary School
Norton-juxta-Kempsey C E First School
and Pershore High School
There are 2500 listed buildings in District of Wychavon, 80 of them are historic church buildings, many date from Norman times, they carry within their walls the story of their parishes for up to 1000 years!
The Heritage Knights use story and literature to people the past and bring it to life. In creating the Pershore BIG Quest they have focussed on the life and experiences of young Arthur de Caldicot and his friends, characters from the award winning ‘Arthur’ trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland. The books are set in the early thirteenth century at a time when land ownership and patronage contributed much to local distinctiveness. Mr. Crossley-Holland, currently President of the School’s Library Association, will introduce Arthur and his world as part of the launch festivities.
The Pershore BIG Quest will launch in Pershore Abbey on Wednesday July 3rd. Trumpets will play and flags will fly when representatives from local schools receive their Quest instructions from the Heritage Knights. While at the Abbey they will discover more about medieval Pershore and the wider world of Arthur de Caldicot. They will hear about timelines and wonder cards and be introduced to the skills of the heritage detective before receiving their own commission and returning to their schools to prepare for the BIG Quest.
The Pershore Big Quest will complete in July 2014. In the intervening year schools and communities will need to go questing to discover what, if anything Arthur de Caldicot might recognise in their catchment area if he were to time travel into the 21st century. How the quest will take place in each community will depend on the local school and the interplay between it and the parish church and local people.
Each participating school will be working to produce a time travellers guide to help Arthur de Caldicot find the places and artefacts he might recognise in school catchment area if he were to time travel back into the area today. To prepare the guide the heritage detectives will need to find out a bit about Arthur’s world and what he would expect to see, as well what can still be seen in their local area today. As they explore the questions foremost in their minds must be “How old is this” Will Arthur recognise this?” and then, most importantly, “How do we know?” The answer to this last question is significant, detectives must always prove their case and the heritage knights require no less from a heritage detective - even if the considered answer is, “we think’ rather than “we know.”
Most of the ongoing communication with the Heritage Knights will take place online through its web site and blog. With the help of community volunteers the Heritage Knights will be developing it own bank of online resources and information sheets, they will all be available to assist participating schools.
In July 2014 the schools will again send representatives to Pershore Abbey, this time to tell the story of their place, report back what they have found and present their Time Traveller’s Guide to the Heritage Knights. Representatives from Pershore Town Council and Wychavon District Council will be among the guests at this occasion, they will be invited to help promote a new visitor attraction created from the information collected.
Sandy Marchant . Project Director. February 2013