‘Making Heritage Matter’? Teaching local mining history in primary schools

Grimshaw, Lucy and Mates, Lewis (2022) ‘Making Heritage Matter’? Teaching local mining history in primary schools. Education 3-13, 50 (1). pp. 25-39. ISSN 0300-4279

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1825509


This article presents the findings of research into the teaching of local industrial history in a socially deprived primary school in post-industrial north-east England. The first of the article’s three substantive sections sets out the methodology and rationale. The second, drawing on qualitative data from participant observation, semi-structured interviews and focus groups with teachers and pupils, presents our main findings; that such teaching can fit with the demands of the English national curriculum; that it can be particularly engaging for children and, drawing on the place-based education literature, that it can also enable children to better understand who they are, in relation to their environment. The discussion section finds that the topic can appeal regardless of ethnicity or gender. We further conclude that schools can benefit significantly in the successful delivery of this teaching from partnerships with the local expertise of relevant community associations.

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Additional Information: Funding information: We would like to thank Christine Jones; Catherine Ritchie; Dave Douglass; all our interviewees; all the other brilliant staff and children at the school we studied and Steven Hughes and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the grant that supported the project on which this research is based (Ref. OH-15-05305). See our ‘Making Heritage Matter’ website at https://teachingmininghistory.wordpress.com/
Uncontrolled Keywords: historical education, identity, Place-based teaching, teaching history, working-class, Life-span and Life-course Studies, Education
Subjects: V100 History by period
V300 History by topic
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 10:41
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 03:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46925

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