This is a unique cross-curricular learning resource to promote creative interpretation of Gloucestershire Archives holdings about the River Severn.

It acts as the main legacy to the Severn Project 2009 and was created with Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire schools in mind, but in reality is suitable for any school close to the Severn or to any river in the country.

It links with the National Curriculum delivering teaching and learning activities on the main KS2 subjects.

Background to the Resource – The Severn Project

The Severn Project 2009 was a summer-long arts project in Gloucestershire that celebrated the River Severn and the people who live and work along its course.

In addition to two major festivals (at Tewkesbury and Lydney) it saw many other events including heritage workshops by Gloucestershire Archives. The project also saw the commissioning of a major new work, A Sleepwalk on the Severn, by poet Alice Oswald which was the centrepiece of the artistic programme and was adapted into a number of performances and interpretations through music, stage/street theatre, dance, sculpture and writing.

The project was funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England and also by Gloucestershire County Council, South Gloucestershire Council, the Gloucestershire District Councils, the Ernest Cook Trust and the Summerfield Trust.

For further information visit www.severnproject.com or see the short film at http://www.thisisvideo.co.uk/severn2009.htm   

The Gloucestershire Archives learning event that accompanied the Severn Project, 'Fish, Fykes & Ferries', is still available for schools, libraries and other heritage venues. If you are interested in this please see details of our roadshow events or contact us for further information.


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