Time Team Your Town

The Centre of East Anglian Studies is working in partnership with Suffolk and Norfolk high schools to encourage and develop the relevance of history and heritage subjects linked to the students' town, and how the past has meaning and relevance to their today, and in their future.

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Beccles sixth form students at Sir John Leman High School are researching the impact of the Crowfoot family on Beccles and Dorothy Hodgkins, the mayorships, and the development of the hospital. They are investigating how that medical and cultural legacy is brought into the present, and what influences it will bring to Beccles for the town, and their future.

Bungay sixth form students are researching the impact of Clays business on Bungay, housing, population, employment, and how the ‘Industrial Revolution' of 1878 has become a technological revolution in 2014 and how this will influence work, architecture, community of Bungay now and in the future.

East Point Academy, Lowestoft has their focus centred around a murder that happened in Lowestoft in the 1870s and they plan to re-enact the trial of the event  which will be filmed and be part of their exhibition. The implications of this tale, and of its social, moral and judicial results will be compared to a modern crime, and the changes or similarities they have found. The students will also project how they think crime and its consequences will change in the future. The purpose of their research project is to highlight something that happened or developed in their town, which can still have resonance today and will impact on their future, such as looking at how population and employment may influence crime, how punishment is served and how that affects families and communities will be explored. The project will result in an exhibition which the students hope to travel around the area from the library, records office, town hall and tourist centre.

Alde Valley sixth form gifted and talented students at Leiston are researching prominent women in Leiston for their project. They are researching Elizabeth Garrett and Millicent Fawcett who, as suffragettes, were interested in furthering women's learning in engineering and medicine, and the students are seeing what their impact was on Leiston. They will then look through to modern women in science and engineering at EDF Energy, and project where this legacy will take Leiston and its women into the future. The students are using this project to gain further credits for university entrance and are researching various areas with support from the Longshop Museum.

Cromer Academy are researching the impact of tourism at different time periods on Cromer, and how the influences of railway, class, and availability provided changes to the town and how those changes are still happening and how the town can adapt for its future.

Stalham High School are exploring the Golden Age of boating on the Broads, working with a local boatyard and researching the movement of work, leisure and holiday boating on their town, and the impact on environment factors and employment.

All students have been working extremely hard, and working with STEM ambassadors, student mentors from UEA and other CEAS partner organisations including University Campus Suffolk, The Forum, Norwich, the East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich Castle Museum, Ipswich Museum, the BBC, New Anglia, the tourist board, Poppyland Publishing and  Archant,(with newspaper coverage in East Anglian Daily Times, Eastern Daily Press, Beccles & Bungay Journal, Lowestoft Journal).

The project is focusing not only on sourcing information, which fits many curricular subjects as it links STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects with humanities. It also feeds into modern languages as there are hopes that projects can be translated with each town's twined European counterparts. The students are developing study and research skills, but life and employability skills through communicating with different organisations and communities, including their local councils, museums, tourist offices, other charities and businesses.