Young Ones Project
The Young Ones Project is just one example of an education project that we have worked on in the past. If you are interested in working with us in the future, please contact us (01903 221448) as we are keen to work on more projects like this.
The Heritage Lottery Fund gave almost £50,000 to help fund an educational project set up by West Sussex Library Service. The Young Ones Project created classroom learning resources about the history of childhood and schooling on the coast, from the 19th century to the present day.
It was supported by five partner schools, and began with the appointment of two project staff. The project officers worked with teachers from the schools to look at any school archive material that could be digitised. They also worked with the County Record Office and local museums to find sources relating to the history of childhood and schooling in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Worthing and district.
“We’re hoping to find Victorian log books, early photographs and interesting newspaper articles, anything in fact which tells about the history of our partner schools,” explained Brad Watson OBE, Cabinet Member responsible for the Library Service. “Former pupils will be encouraged to donate or lend original material and be interviewed about their schoolday memories.”
As well as providing online data, the Project team worked in partnership with Worthing Museum to create a loans box of objects on childhood and schooling in the past, which can be lent to teachers for classroom study. The Museum has amassed a collection of material charting the history of childhood and education from maternity to university.
The schools involved were: Connaught Junior School, Littlehampton Downsbrook Middle School, Broadwater, Worthing, Durrington Middle School, South Bersted CE Primary School and St Nicolas & St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Shoreham-by-Sea.