We have been honoured to work in collaboration with some very enthusiastic young folk from Braintree who, in April designed some amazing posters to raise awareness of the at risk shelters in the heart of Halstead. Head of year three, Jane Walker explains...
"The children in year 3 at Great Bradfords Junior School spent last term studying World War Two, focusing on the Blitz, air raid shelters and evacuees. They loved making Anderson shelters as part of a design technology project and they have thoroughly enjoyed learning how this part of our history had an impact on our local area, particularly the building of 16 shelters to protect the factory workers in Halstead. Instantly, they wanted to save this fantastic piece of history, as well as wanting to protect this very precious green space in the middle of the town. Therefore, as part of our art project, they designed these wonderful posters to raise awareness."
As a project this has been an overwhelming success almost beyond our greatest expectations, with a constant stream of visitors to the gallery from children, parents and passers by.
Invited to judge their favourites, Halstead Mayor Mick Radley, deputy Dave Gronland and their wives had a very tough job narrowing 90 posters to a short list of 8 then the final 3. The winners were presented with rosettes and certificates of excellence in a small ceremony and big congratulations go to Meredith, Barbara and Elliott whose winning posters are displayed
We hope you've enjoyed them as much as we have, they've revealed such talent! We are confident this is just the start of more good things to come. Please let us know what you thought of the exhibition or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for activities. Just drop us an email - we'd love to hear from you.