THE DAY THE WORLD GOT SMALLER:
PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF THE LIVERPOOL TO MANCHESTER RAILWAY
Local arts organisation METAL presents a free online learning resource for primary schools celebrating the history of the Liverpool to Manchester railway.
This brand new resource aims to inspire Key Stage 2 pupils to discover aspects of British and world history that are reflected in their local community, and question the impact of the railways on society today.
Six new commissioned artworks have been created in collaboration with children from local primary schools in Liverpool. Each artwork has been the result of a participatory programme of workshops, collective research, heritage visits and a shared process of interpretation between artists and children.
The history of the first railway line is important as it opens up many different pathways for learning, through experiences of previous generations to the innovations and advances in technology that shape our society today. Opening up this heritage to younger generations and allowing others to see it through their eyes will renew interest and excitement towards our railway heritage, bringing attention to Edge Hill and its global significance for generations to come.
By focusing on the Liverpool to Manchester passenger railway, we hope younger generations will be inspired by the global impact of these historic events, and generate a sense of pride towards their local area.
Artist, Mike Garry says: “It was an honour to work with the wonderful kids in Phoenix primary school and to take the opportunity to share the history of their city and its impact on the world.”
Explore our rich local heritage through the collective imaginations of children and artists: www.daytheworldgotsmaller.com
The project has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northern.