A School Visit

A School Visit

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.Bradford on Avon Museum has a small temporary display of letters of thanks that were sent by children from the Grove Primary School in Trowbridge.

They had visited Bradford and the Museum at the beginning of October as part of their studies about...

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Old Pictures: Fitzmaurice Grammar School

Old Pictures: Fitzmaurice Grammar School

Originally founded as the County Technical School with funds from the County Council and local donors, notably Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, the school was built in Junction Road in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Year 1897. The architects were Silcock & Reay of Bath; Thomas Ball Silcock jr (1854-1924) was born in...

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Schools in Bradford

Schools in Bradford

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Schooling was provided by the priest of Thomas Horton’s chantry from 1524 and survived the chantry’s dissolution in 1540, however its funds were appropriated from the Crown in 1559 towards funding a school in Salisbury. Rents on some pieces of land were given over by Edward Norton [Horton?] to support the foundation of a Grammar School...

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School visits

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December 2011

In recent months the Museum has hosted visits from the local Winsley Junior School, who were following a mystery trail that had been devised by their teacher and from Monkton Farleigh Churchfields School, looking into the history of local industry.

From further afield, we had a visit from a group from a...

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‘Trench!’

‘Trench!’

As part of Bradford on Avon’s ‘Trench!’ exhibition, the museum hosted a superb World War I activity day in May at the library meeting room.  Steve Williams, a WWI expert and his son, Gareth, gave talks throughout the day, dressed as WWI soldiers, with the aid  of a mock up trench, willing volunteers and weapons including a Vickers gun. We had a steady flow of over 120 visitors- both...

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Exhibition: WWI trench warfare

Saturday 28th May, 10am – 4pm

Following on from our talk on WWI archaeology (26th May), and the exhibition of St Laurence School students WWI trench models (6th – 27th May), we are delighted to announce that Steve Williams, an expert on WWI trench warfare will be giving an exhibition and presentations on Saturday 28th May.

Steve will give two talks, at 10.30am and...

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Exhibition: St Laurence School students’ models of WWI trenches

Friday 6th May – Friday 27th May, Bradford on Avon Library Meeting Room

For two years we have exhibited the model Roman villas produced by St Laurence School students and we were excited to learn that, as part of curriculum activity, the school has a project focused on WWI in which models of trenches are also built.

We are planning to exhibit a selection of the trenches in...

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Roman villas exhibition Dec 2009

Roman villas exhibition Dec 2009

St Laurence School Year 7 History Skills Project

Over the Christmas break 2009/2010 we arranged for students from St Laurence School to display their models of Roman Villas in the Library exhibition room. This is a project carried out each year by Year 7 students and followed on from the Museum’s exhibition about Roman Bradford. They had about 2 weeks to create their model, having...

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Iron age event activities July 2009

Iron age event activities July 2009

Many Bradford families enjoyed meeting Matt Russell, Iron Age enthusiast, who brought his weapons, clothing and artefacts along to Bradford Museum to give us a taste of life in the iron age. Shield making, pottery and purse sewing were some of the activities on offer.

Woad tattoos were popular as was Matt’s demonstration of replica weapons from the...

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Roman Event June 2009

Roman Event  June 2009

Something for the young…

The events held in 2009 have given the Museum an opportunity to reach out to the younger members of our town. We have been forging links with local schools and working with teachers and students. None of this work would be affordable without the generous support of the local Lewellyn Palmer Trust.

After the toddlers ‘Welly Walk’, Fitzmaurice...

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The River runs through it March 2009

The River runs through it March 2009

Co-operation between Louise Weissel of the Welly walkers and Gill Winfield of the Museum Event group brought very young children into the museum to create a collage of the River Avon which runs through their town. This followed a walk along the riverside to the country park, where a picnic was enjoyed by mums and kids.

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