The Forget Never project has worked closely within the local community throughout the year to create a sustainable legacy for future generations. The team has lisased with the Education team based at Wat Tyler Country Park to build a range of literature and worksheets for young people and teachers to use when visiting the park. Alongside producing education packs on The Wat Tyler Country Park Explosives Trail, the team have delivered a range of outreach sessions to local schools and clubs – providing educational workshops on the projects and its findings.
Painting pictures in remembrance of World War 1
Engraving “shell” trench art in a local school based on images from WW1
Creating soap sculptures of trench art and WW 1 Imagery at Kidz Club in Wickford
Planting poppies at Pitsea Junior School with Local MP Stephen Metcalfe
Outreach projects, to date, have included the team dressed in WW1 costumes showing young people how to research the lives of their ancestors through heritage websites - enhancing the children’s computer skills whilst engaging young people in learning about their heritage and history. The team have delivered a wide and diverse range of art and craft workshops which have included creating loom band poppies, painting a dazzle ship, sculpting soap trench art sculptures even recreating a the Tower London Poppies at a local school with MP Stephen Metcalfe.
The team have also provided a range of talks to schools and community groups discussing what life was like in the three towns during WW1, the importance of the Explosives Factory at the Park, the crashing on the Zeppelin in Billericay and the objective and goals of the Forget Never project.
Throughout the project a group of 6 youths from Basildon have volunteered with the team to help engage youths, home and abroad, in the project. We took our team of youths to London on November 11th to lay wreaths outside Westminster and to visit WW1 sites across the city.