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Pershore Heritage Quest Schools Symposium
Just two weeks to go……
and heritage detectives all round Pershore are preparing their reports !
Its hard to believe that nearly twelve months have passed since schools in and around Pershore responded to the invitation to take part in the Pershore Big Heritage Quest.
For a whole year the heritage detectives have been on a mission to discover if they can see anything in their parish today that 13th century traveller, Arthur, might recognise. The task has not been easy but the children and their teachers have set about it with a will and some exciting things have been going on!
The heritage detectives have found out more about life in the 13th century; they have read books, visited castles and museums and talked to people like the archaeologists at the Hive. They have considered how their local area might have looked eight hundred years ago and they have been out and about exploring and wondering, “would Arthur recognise this, or this, or this?” It has not all been plain sailing. Houses that look really old have not been old enough; churches probably old enough have been so altered and changed over the centuries that very little is left for Arthur to recognise; even the crops in the fields are different. Arthur would never eaten potatoes!
The Pershore Heritage Symposium will take place in the Council Chamber in the Wychavon Civic Centre during the morning of June 30th. Representatives from each school will make a short presentation of their findings, they will be used to start a Time Traveller’s Guide to the Pershore Area for Arthur and any other time traveller now and in the future.
What will they have discovered?
What has been happening in their parishes over the centuries?
What is happening today?
Calling all Volunteers
After all their hard work in the Symposium the heritage detectives will be invited to join the Fellowship of Arthur’s 21st century Heritage Knights. Like the knights of old they will spend time preparing for this, learning what it means to be a heritage knight and how they differ from the knights of old.
Then they will return to Pershore Abbey for their knighting ceremony and celebrations. If you have had anything at all to do with the Pershore Big Heritage Quest and would like to be in the audience for this very special event you are most welcome. Heritage Knights in sashes please.
Date 30th June 2014. Time 11.30 -12.45 please be in your seats for 11.15, thank you.
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Volunteer to make the Time Traveller’s Guide Scroll. Volunteers to help set up on Sunday 29 5pm in the Abbey.
The Heritage Knights have made their own discoveries.
Adult volunteers from parishes all round the area have been helping the Heritage Knights increase their understanding of what has been happening in the parishes in and around the Pershore area over the centuries.
All will be revealed
The first edition of the Time Traveller’s Guide will be a scroll specially prepared for our 13th century time travellers.
The Time Traveller’s Guide to the Pershore Area.
The second edition will be published online on September 13th to coincide with the Pershore Heritage Open Day activities and exhibition in the St Andrews Centre Pershore.
Can you solve Arthur’s Quest?
Launch day approaches and things are going well for the Pershore Big Heritage Quest so a very big thank you from the Go West Heritage Knights for all your support.
What has been happening?
Ten schools have signed up to quest!
A quest that aims to create a Time Travellers Guide to the market town of Pershore and the villages round about needs lots of heritage detectives to gather information.
We are delighted to report that have them!
Young heritage detectives will be searching for information in the school catchment areas of Cropthorne, Defford cum Besford, Drakes Broughton, Eckington, Elmley Castle and Norton-juxta-Kempsey as well as Pershore itself where Abbey Park First, Cherry Orchard and Holy Redeemer will be busy. They will be supported by students from Pershore High School and, we hope, by you!
More details next month.
Its full speed ahead now.
Volunteers are busy preparing for the launch of the Pershore Big Heritage Quest on July 3rd. Clues are being researched and prepared for the treasures box, Bunting, by the metre, is being made to dress up the Abbey. Fabric for badges and sashes has been donated and is being snipped, sewn and glued into shape and members of Pershore Rotary Club have signed up to be stewards to support the Heritage Knights as they make everything ready to welcome 160 ambassadors and their supporters to Pershore Abbey.
We thank them all.
Here is your invitation to the launch of The Pershore Big Heritage Quest
The launch will take place in Pershore Abbey on July 3rd from 1.30 to 2.30 pm. You are welcome to be there to support the children and find out more about the quest. Come along from 1.15pm to get a seat but first email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can arrange enough seating.
Here is a copy of our letter to children in local schools.
Have you heard about the mysterious Treasures Box the children at Norton-juxta-Kempsey First School found in their school hall last year? When they looked inside the box the children found a letter from a time traveller! He wrote that he had been collecting maps, photos and documents about the Pershore area for hundreds of years but a great gust of wind had muddled all his papers, some had even blown away and now he needs help and quickly! His friend, Arthur de Caldicot, is planning to time travel into the Pershore area in 2015 and is expecting a report from him with information about how the parishes have changed since he visited the area in 1204. Arthur is particularly concerned to know if there is anything he will still recognise.
Well, the Norton children decided to help, they started by sorting out the papers for their parish but they soon realised that it was a very big job so they called in the Go West Heritage Knights to help and we have made a plan which we hope you will help us with.
Will you be heritage detectives for us? Will you lead your teachers, families and friends in a heritage quest? Of course we will help you; it will be a great big piece of detective work and fun. You will need to really explore your parish and take notes and photos to work out if there is anything you think Arthur might recognise. If you make a set of information cards, we call them wonder cards, for your parish and then put them on the parish timeline you should be able to discover what Arthur might recognise. All the schools will be invited send their ambassadors back to Pershore Abbey in July 2014 to share what has been discovered so that we can make a Time Traveller’s Guide to the Pershore area for Arthur to use in 2015.
Please send your ambassadors to the annual meeting of the Heritage Knights, it takes place in Pershore Abbey on July 3rd. We will show them how to be a heritage detectives and have the chance to find out a bit more about Arthur and his world. At the end of the meeting we will give them more information about your quest and some clues from the Treasures Box to get you all started on your detective work.
From the Heritage Knights.
Now we must all make sure that these young heritage detectives get all the help they will need!