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Uncovering Southmead's History

Published on 03/11/16

Students at Orchard School Bristol are embarking on an exciting project to uncover the history behind Southmead. 

Meadows to Meaders, launched by Myers-Insole Local Learning, will involve our students in a number of activities over the course of the academic year.

Eight Year 9 students have already undergone their training with innovative film and media production company, Calling the Shots.

Together, they will be creating a documentary that captures the history of the neighbourhood and the houses people grew up in. 

Over the coming weeks, they will be visiting Fonthill Primary School, the Youth Centre in Greystoke Avenue, as well as people's houses. 

As part of the Meadows to Meaders project, a number of students are also working alongside inspirational cookery company, Travelling Kitchen to cook meals together and see what we can learn from recipes from the 1930s about healthy eating today. 

In September, our students visited members of the 50+ forum an learned more about Southmead’s past.

There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the afternoon with young and old conversing together about their shared neighbourhood.

One young student commented afterwards that the event had made him realise “not to underestimate older people” and that they told “pretty good stories”.

Many expressed surprise about how much Southmead has changed and become more built up.