Joining Up the Humber was a partnership between the museum services in Hull, North Lincolnshire and the East Riding to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014. It was a collaborative programme, funded by Arts Council England, that brought together the three local authorities in a new partnership to deliver events, exhibitions and learning programmes relating to the centenary. The project supported partnership working and infrastructure development that has continued: three years later the partners were successful in their application to Arts Council England for NPO status.
I worked on the formal learning strand of the project which included a range of activities:
- A primary learning workshop at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull based on the exhibition When War Hit Home: Hull and the First World War
- A research skills project for secondary students at Normanby Hall Country Park, North Lincolnshire, in which they researched and presented the life histories of some of the soldiers sent to Normanby during its time as a military hospital.
- Three short films telling personal stories of the First World War, based on original materials from the museum services' collections
- A set of downloadable learning resources in partnership with the MyLearning website
- A printed pack of original images from the three services' collections for schools to use in teaching the First World War from a local perspective
- A conference for teachers and museum learning staff, supported by Hull University, which offered offer delegates new knowledge and techniques for engaging young people with the Centenary
- An interactive online timeline based on the services' archive collections showing how the events of the war affected the Humber region.