The challenge is on for the Burley Champions!

Issued on behalf of Rosebank Primary School, Leeds

Children from Rosebank Primary School in Leeds are working on an exciting local history project, which was recently awarded a grant of £21,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Over 20 talented and enthusiastic children from the school have joined the ‘Burley Champions’ project team. Trained in oral history interview and film making techniques, they have already interviewed 15 older residents and are now busy planning the final film. Focusing primarily on the stories of ordinary local people, but also looking at the built heritage, the film will explore and celebrate the rich industrial and cultural heritage of Burley. The challenge is now on to get the film completed in time for its screening at Hyde Park Picture House in June.

Head teacher Gill Young is delighted at the progress of the project:

“Children, parents and volunteers have entered into this project with great enthusiasm and have learned a great deal about Burley’s history. We have been delighted that so many older residents of Burley have come forward to be interviewed and share their memories of Burley.

The children have been fascinated to hear about the bombing of houses in the second World War and what it was like to work in the old factories.”

As part of the background research for the trip, the Burley Champions recently went on a study trip to Armley Mills Industrial Museum, which is one of the project’s partners. Once the largest woollen mill in the world, Armley Mills is amongst many industrial buildings built along the river Aire during the 19th century. Burley’s red brick terraces were built to provide the housing for many of the factory workers. Armley Mills proved a great place to learn about effect the industrial revolution on the population of Leeds. As well as seeing the Mill’s collections, the children also got a chance to have a role play session, dressing up in costumes and seeing what it would have been like to be a worker in a mill in times gone by.

Details about the film launch will be publicised on the project website which already gives a flavour of the project’s many 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


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Captions: Older residents share their memories with two of the young Burley Champions. (L-R: Lillian Blackwood, Mary James, Alice Whipp, Maymas Siddig, Maymona Siddig.)

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.