'Dig where you stand': a documentary arts initiative for schools

Kitchen, Roger
March 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring92, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the Dig Where You Stand documentary arts initiative for schools in Great Britain. Grants of just a few hundred pounds enabled teachers in 59 primary and secondary schools to find new ways of working and to start breaking down some of the barriers between their schools and the surrounding communities. The project had a few simple guidelines. Schools had to work with primary source material which related to the life of their own community. This ranged from school log books and photographs, to old maps and the memories of local people. They also had to collaborate with one or more external agencies, be they factory, an arts organization or a pensioners' club, and the work had to have a clear benefit to the curriculum and the school's relationship with its community. Finally, each project had to culminate in some form of artistic expression where the results of the research could be shared and celebrated with the community from which it had come from.


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