High Blantyre Primary School Victorian Showcase
In 2010, I was privileged when I was invited, along with James Cornfield, to accompany the P6 and P7 pupils of High Blantyre Primary School, to the Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge, where they learned about Victorian Mining.
The Head Teacher, Mrs McLean, asked me to help with their Curriculum on the Victorian era. I suggested a few things and eventually we decided on the 1877 Blantyre Mining Disaster and the Class made comparisons between two 10 year old children at that time, a boy from Dixon’s Rows, who was later killed in the Explosion, and a Girl from a quite wealthy Family. The pupils compared their different Lifestyles over the term period.
At the end of term, the pupils put on a show, Victorian Showcase, in which I advised that the pupils recite James Cornfield’s poem, The Rapper Up Man as this would tell the story of the 1877 Blantyre Mining Disaster.
James did not know anything about this at the time so you can imagine his expression when we visited the show! The look on his face gave me a great deal of pleasure.
The kids were absolutely wonderful in their Presentation of A Victorian Showcase…
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