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What’s Your Story

Have you got a tale to tell about your youth that you would like to share with the next generation?

Poole Museum is running a project with two local schools and looking for community members who are willing to be interviewed by school children about their experiences of their childhood and youth.

The Museum is working with pupils from Haymoor Middle School to find out about life for the first families who moved into the area in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. What sort of jobs did the adults in these families do and how did this compare to before the houses on Canford Heath were built? The children are looking to interview people who moved into the new houses, or anyone who lived in the area before the new houses were built.

The Museum is also working with pupils from St Luke’s Primary School, Winton to explore what childhood and schooling was like in the mid-20th century. The school children would love to interview former pupils who can remember their school days.

The pupils hope to reflect on the similarities and differences between the memories of older people and their own experiences. They will then work with a local theatre company to produce a play based on their reflections. This represents an exciting new way for the children to explore local history and geography and ties the schools into their local communities. The project has been funded by the Cultural Hub, a local confederation of schools and cultural organisations.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "It is really exciting that our young people are getting the opportunity to learn more about the fantastic history of their local area. I would encourage any residents with a story to tell to get in touch as we would be really keen to hear from you."

If you would be interested in getting involved in this project or know someone who might please contact Poole Museum on 01202 262600. Interviews will take place at the schools in the Autumn.
 
For more information about Poole Museum’s programme of activities for families contact the Museum on 01202 262600, or by email museums@poole.gov.uk.