Children have a go at excavation on board the Time Truck (c) MOLA

Cleaning up History with the Time Truck

Magnus Copps

Magnus Copps, Time Truck Project Officer, gives us round up of the Time Truck’s very first Cleaning up History education workshop, supported by Thames Water. The session was delivered this week to pupils from Kender Primary School in Lewisham, London.

The sun was shining when the Time Truck rolled into the playground at Kender Primary School, just the weather for our Cleaning up History session! The workshop introduces kids to the history of sewers and drainage in London, and was the ideal end of term activity for Kender pupils, who had just completed a school project on the River Thames.

After a demonstration of how modern drains work, including pouring fake poo (pretty realistic judging by the chorus of ‘yuck!’ during the exercise) through pipes in specially designed dig-boxes, the class went on to excavate real archaeological finds from MOLA’s handling collections, examine and record them.

All credit is due to our Time Truck Support Team, community archaeologists Paige Cunningham and Stephen McLeod, who worked with the children to get them thinking about the shape, material, condition, age and use of the objects found, opening up new understandings of local history. The kids were really excited and one child commented that he would love to go and visit the River Thames.

Our outing to Kender was the first of many schools visits we will be making over the next year as part of our commitment to engage over 4000 schoolchildren in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets in the 2016/ 17 academic year. If you think you or your organisation would like to support his work, or if you’d like to discuss a visit to your school, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks to Platinum Supporting Partner of the Time Truck, Thames Water, for funding the Cleaning up History session and to all of our other Time Truck sponsors:  Brookfield and Oxford, Stanhope, TP Bennett, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Wates Giving and the Heritage Lottery Fund!

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