An exciting history project is currently taking place in Starcross (1 of only 4 villages in Devon) and Starcross Primary school children are taking part too.
The project from Villages in Action and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to discover and share some of the intriguing historical stories about Starcross. Over the last few months members of the local history society have been exploring all of the fascinating stories about village life, events and characters from the past.
Avocets, Oystercatchers, Puffins and Razorbills worked with project coordinator, Kate Green, to become history detectives and to do their own research including looking at online articles archived in the National Newspaper Archive. They unearthed fascinating information about the school itself, the arrival of the railway, the rise and fall of the Atmospheric Railway, the Royal Western Counties hospital, Captain George Peacock, his inventions and the Swan on the Exe, World War II in Starcross, the trade in violets, the home guard, local storms and more. The children then shared their findings by creating their version of the Bayeux Tapestry by drawing images depicting the stories large and bold on giant rolls of paper.
In May, some children will work with Kate again to learn how to use a digital sound recorder and about interview techniques. They will undertake Oral History work and will interview local people about their memories of life in the village.
The results of their hard work will be shown at the end-of- project event in the Summer (date to be set). Four artists – a folk singer, playwright, actor and sculptor will create a Multi-Media performance to share Starcross Stories with the local community. Watch this space for more details.