Rosebank pupils are Burley Champions

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Top - The Burley Champions celebrate success after receiving their certificates of achievements at the historic Hyde Park Picture House! Photo credit: Bip Mistry.

Bottom - View of Burley Road around 1900, looking in the direction of Leeds. One of the many images of old Burley researched by the Burley Champions. Photo credit: Copyright: Leeds Library & Information Services (www.leodis.net)


Issued on behalf of Rosebank Primary School


Children from Rosebank Primary School in Leeds have been working on an exciting local history project, funded with a grant of £21,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Over 20 talented and enthusiastic children from the school joined the ‘Burley Champions’ project team, attending project workshops after school and at weekends. Trained in oral history interview and film making techniques, they interviewed 15 older residents, undertook a research visit to Armley Mills Industrial Museum and went on a photographic ‘bus-about’ to document important buildings in Burley.

The result of all their hard work is “All About Burley”, a charming community film which explores and celebrates the rich industrial and cultural heritage of Burley and captures the stories and memories of ordinary local people.

There will be a free public film screening at the historic Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds at 2pm on Sunday June 9th to which all are invited.

Head teacher Gill Young is delighted with how the project has progressed:

“I have been inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of the children, parents and volunteers who have shown such an interest in Burley’s history. They have had a unique opportunity to learn both filmmaking and oral history interviewing skills and they have really enjoyed the opportunity to share the memories and experiences of the older residents of Burley who came forward to be interviewed. We are delighted to be able to share the film with the wider public.”

The project has benefitted from support from a number of partner organisations including Armley Industrial Museum, Leeds Library and Information Service, Older Wiser Local Seniors (OWLS), and Hyde Park Picture House.

The Burley Champions project has an entertaining and informative website which documents the project activities - http://burleychampions.blogspot.co.uk/

For further information about the project, contact Gill Young at Rosebank Primary School on 0113 243 3497 or email youngg02@leedslearning.net

Notes for Editors:
Rosebank Primary School is a thriving inner-city school with 271 pupils. The school is actively committed to using local history as a way of engaging and inspiring children, helping them to gain skills and confidence and encouraging them to develop a shared understanding and pride in their local area and in their multi-cultural roots.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 33,000 projects, allocating £5billion across the UK including £380m to 2,845 projects in Yorkshire & the Humber alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.

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