This Spring we're supporting Newburn Manor Primary School and the community to capture its history online for the first time.
Dating back more than 128 years, Newburn Manor Primary School off Millfield Lane boasts being the oldest operating school in Newcastle.
This Spring pupils and older people living in care are taking on the challenge of transforming memories and dusty archives into an online community resource.
They'll be teaming up with artists and community groups to capture stories, memories and artefacts highlighting how the school has changed over the decades.
Boxes of pupil registers and headteachers’ logs from 1905 onwards, plus interviews with older people living at Lindisfarne and Denecroft Care Home, will all contribute to the online archive being created by the school.
Getting the project underway, students met with peope living at Lindisfarne Throckley and compared life at the school back in 1928-1935 to nowadays.
The group made voice clips about what they hope to find out over the next few months, high on the list was what punishments were like in school.
"Straight away we had a lovely warm welcome from staff and it was like the children and residents had known each other for ages!
"The session flew over and we didn't want to leave. The children were buzzing all the way back. Christopher said that Ron was his favourite because he was so cool. Ron was telling us about his parachuting experience in the war. Someone else though that Maureen was cool because she's a triplet. What a bunch!"
Poppy, Equal Arts associate
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