Our Town was a Cultural Hub partnership project led by Dorset History Centre and Feria Urbanism, with St Peter’s School, Bournemouth Libraries, and Arts University Bournemouth. Our Town challenged young people to look at the town they live in from new perspectives and to consider how development impacts upon different parts of the community.
Our Town was delivered over 6-weeks at St Peter’s School as a Geography unit of work, replacing the standard Geography course work for Year 9 during a half-term. Through the project, students examined the past, present and future of development of their local area through the use of original archive material from the Cooper Dean Estate and framed by the Bournemouth 2026 Vision. Students also had the opportunity to work alongside professionals in development fields, to gain a better understanding of development professions and develop professional skills. Students undertook fieldwork and research, recorded their findings and proposals using a variety of media including photography, film, drawings and models, and presented their final work to a panel of development experts. The students work was celebrated in an exhibition at the end of the project which toured Bournemouth Library, JP Morgan HQ, St Peter’s School and Dorset History Centre.
A learning resource pack based on the project made has been developed for Key Stage 3 and will be made available on the Dorset History Centre website free of charge.
For further information about Our Town, please contact Dorset History Centre on: 01305 250550.