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'Keep the Home Fires Burning' Arts and Heritage Project

Arts and Heritage Project

Keep the Home Fires Burning

The bank holiday on Friday May 8 will be the beginning of a three-day weekend of commemorative events in the UK to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE day. In order for the children to understand the significance of this, we have planned a year long arts and heritage project. 
The topics we will be looking at will during the year include:
•    A Wartime Christmas 
•    Weddings and Parties
•    Air Raids and Shelters
•    Evacuation 
•    The War Effort
•    Grow Your Own
•    Invasion

This is a cross curricular project and will include art, drama, dance, history, English and music. Outside of lessons we will have film shows, work with an artist to create an 8 metre mural, create a graphic novel and launch it at Waterstones, create dance and drama performances, learn and perform wartime songs, and have an art exhibition. We will finish the year with a celebration week and a performance of dance and drama at Dance East. 

We will be using our Air Raid Shelter Museum and its artefacts as starting points for learning. Suffolk Archives (soon to be The Hold) have been supporting us and have provided us with a vast amount of local history documents and photos. They are also helping us set up a pop up museum created and run by children. Their support has been immense and we will continue to work in partnership with them in the years to come. 

Our Partners:

This is the biggest project that the school has done so we are working with several other partners so that we can deliver it. They include:
•    The University of Suffolk – history department
•    Dance East 
•    Eastern Angles
•    Out of the Box and Cross the Line
•    Historic England Heritage Schools 
•    Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service
•    Copleston High School year 11 GCSE music students
•    The Suffolk Music Hub
•    Professional authors and artists 

Sharing what we are doing with you: 
During the course of the year we will be inviting parents to Share Events, including performances and exhibitions as well as updating this page. 


We are looking forward to what will be an exciting and memorable year of events. 


Helen Wilson     and     Sally Ann Roberts

Arts and Heritage Project Leads 


The Hold (Suffolk Archives)

The Hold is where the new records office will be based. It is next to the university building near the Waterfront in Ipswich.  We are fortunate enough to be working on various joint projects with Suffolk University and The Hold. This academic year (2019-2020) they are supporting us with is our 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' year long project in the run to the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They have provided us with valuable archived documents and photos, as well as producing a giant map showing the bombing of Ipswich. Future projects include working with our children to set up a pop-up museum.