How Preston school children have been learning of Winckley Square’s history

Posted on - 21st June, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Schools
Winckley Square gardens

Winckley Square gardens

Pupils from six Preston schools are to be rewarded for their part in learning about the history of Winckley Square.


They’ve been taking part in events during April and May at the Harris Museum and in Preston’s historic Georgian Square.

Around 100 pupils will receive their prize at the Harris Museum on Saturday.

Cabinet member for planning and regulation, councillor John Swindells, said: “This has been a great project for both the schools and for us. The pupils have learnt some really interesting information about the Winckley area, they have had fun with the artistic events and will end up with an award. For us it has been great to educate the young people about the Winckley area and the work that is going on there as they are the future of the city.

“I would like to thank both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Community Gateway Association for their funding of the Schools Education Project and the Museum of Central Lancashire for assessing the children’s project folders.”

Pupils from Christ the King Maths and Computing College, St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Ingol Community Primary School, Ashton Community Science College, Grange Primary School and Holy Family Catholic Primary School.

Three different awards will be given out including an arts award, a discover awrd and a higher explore award.

Director of community regeneration at the Community Gateway Association, Andrew Upton, said: “Children of all ages have been involved in the project, having used the that we produced, visiting the square and participating in workshop events, where we used an actor taking the part of Edith Rigby to hold an interactive question and answer session. We have tried to making learning about our local history a fun thing.”

The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is called the Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative: Schools Education Project.

Has your child taken part in the project? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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