Activities and events
What have we done so far?
- Year one (2018): country house visits, writing workshops, publication of leaflets, research by 10 commissioned writers, children’s conference.
- Year two (2019): public speaking workshops, Massive Online Open Course for writers and heritage professionals, exhibition preparation in National Trust houses.
- Year three (2020): appearances at literature festivals and black history month events by children, historians and writers, launch of project books.
- Years four and five (2021-2022): child advisory boards and project historians assist the National Trust with further research, training and reinterpretation projects on the theme of colonial legacies.
What have the 100 children done so far?
The 100 children across the schools linked with Colonial Countryside have been involved in various projects in connection with the houses they have visited.
Historians have found that as many as one in every six British country houses is connected to the history of empire. Charlecote Park in Warwickshire is no exception. Ten children from Colmore Primary in Birmingham explored this National Trust house with the historian Kate Donington and the writer SuAndi.
Find some examples of the creative writing produced by the children. Including a poem written by Lana and an essay written by Theo in response to a question posed as the children looked at a painting of Captain Thomas Lucy: 'but who is the black page boy wearing the metal collar, standing by his horse?'
Children's Conference 2018
On 16th November we held our first 'Children's Conference' at the Church of St James the Greater in Leicester. Teachers, historians and National Trust staff and volunteers heard about four National Trust houses with connections to the British Empire.