Helping pupils to get hands-on with history

Year 4 pupils from St. Paul's RC Primary School, in Alnwick, get hands-on with the new educational loan boxes.
Year 4 pupils from St. Paul's RC Primary School, in Alnwick, get hands-on with the new educational loan boxes.

A group of Alnwick pupils were delighted to be the first to get hands-on experience of the Anglo-Saxon period via a new educational scheme.

The Peregrini Lindisfarne project currently has two educational loan boxes available to teachers and education providers.

And Year 4 pupils from St Paul’s RC Primary School were the first to get to grips with them.

The boxes cover the Anglo-Saxon period and are themed as a domestic collection and an ecclesiastical collection.

They contain exquisitely-crafted, replica artefacts all based on real Anglo-Saxon items and the beautifully-made collection has been created for the Peregrini Lindisfarne project by Andy Bates, of Phenix Studios in Hexham.

There is a variety of objects, from a stunning book and bag, leather ink pot, vellum, jewellery and games sets together with teacher notes to help the class get the most out of the collection. More boxes covering the prehistoric and medieval periods will be added soon.

Ros Duncan, heritage education officer for the Peregrini Lindisfarne project, said: “Being able to handle objects makes history so tangible for children and really fires their imaginations and interest in heritage.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer these Anglo-Saxon loan boxes to local schools and we are equally happy to come to schools or provide bespoke learning experiences in the Holy Island area.”