Children explore the past

Shilbottle First School Pupils interview Paul Anmdrucci about the history of Shilbottle Football Club, as part of the film project.
Shilbottle First School Pupils interview Paul Anmdrucci about the history of Shilbottle Football Club, as part of the film project.
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A new DVD which has been produced by children, chronicling the history of their village and school, has been launched.

Pupils from Shilbottle First School have been involved in the development of the film to tie in with the school’s 90th anniversary next year.

The youngsters worked in collaboration with Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum, as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project.

The DVD was made by filmmaker Harry Henderson and museum volunteer Jill Mallen, who trained the children in filmmaking, interviewing and animation techniques.

Jill said: “The children worked hard to make the DVD and one episode, made in the style of a modern news report, describes a serious coach crash where schoolchildren were injured in the 1960s.”

Headteacher Angela Jeffries said the project was a fantastic opportunity to work with the museum and collect together, in one DVD, so much of the village’s history.

She added: “Important events include the opening of the new school in 1926, evacuee children in World War Two, village footballing heroes, the impact of pit closures and Shilbottle people enjoying summer holidays.”

The DVD, which took two years to make, was launched at the school last week.

Copies are available from the school and the film is now on show in the museum, as part of its new exhibition, Young Museum Explorers.