Dartmouth’s Education Projects are exciting and wide-ranging . We are working very closely with the primary and secondary schools in the area. Some of our projects have been incorporated into the Mayflower Trail Project, such as the Sculpture and Milestones designed and created by Dartmouth Academy students, and the Smartphone Technology with Belinda Dixon Media, which will use augmented reality and digital information to enrich the visitor’s Trail experience.
Please note that all projects are still in the planning stage and are liable to change.
Primary Schools Joint Project
Primary teachers will plan their creative topics around Mayflower 400, linking their Literacy and Humanity subjects to create an exciting, creative and rich way of learning. Children will learn about the way of life in the 1600s and what it must have been like when the Mayflower visited Dartmouth as well as on board the ship.
There will be celebration day in Royal Avenue Gardens when students will dress up in period costumes to celebrate and share their knowledge with other schools. A number of workshops and presentations will take place, there will be 17th century games, food-tasting and much more.
Community Film Project
This exciting and creative project will be led by Peter Nicholson, the award-winning film and TV producer and director (Dartmoor Killing, Pompeii - The Last Day, Nuremberg - Goering's Last Stand). Peter is from South Devon and is a visiting lecturer in film at Plymouth and Falmouth Universities and Truro College.Filmmaker teams will be set up, with South West filmmakers acting as mentors for young people (16-19 years) who are interested in filmmaking. Each team will produce a short film inspired by an aspect of the Mayflower Story – some of the themes resonate with today’s world.
The project will involve schools and 6th form colleges, South Devon College and South West writers, filmmakers, technicians and actors, both behind and in front of the camera.
The short films will be showcased together at events at Plymouth, Bristol-Encounters and Chagford Short Film Festivals, Dartmouth Flavel Arts Centre, Plymouth Arts Centre, Dartington Barn Cinema, Ivybridge Watermark, Exeter Phoenix and potentially venues from the Merlin and Scott regional cinema chains, and the other Trail Towns.
Illustrated Book of Children’s Mayflower Stories
This is a collaborative project involving all the primary schools in Dartmouth and surrounding area. Each school will write & illustrate a different section of the Mayflower journey – background history, escape to and life in Leiden, Holland to Dartmouth on the Speedwell, life In Dartmouth, Dartmouth to America, settling in to new colony, one year later – Thanksgiving. Each school will take a real family on which to base the story of each section.Groups of children will work on their section of the story with illustrations, and support from volunteers. Workshops and visits will be arranged to provide inspiration & background knowledge for story writing – costume workshop, visit to a ship, we hope that Dr Sam Willis (historian & TV broadcaster) will talk about life aboard ship, food tasting etc. Schools will work together to produce a book about the Mayflower/Speedwell, and a local author will be sought to write an introduction.
There are fewer educational opportunities to produce high quality live audio design for primary and secondary school students than to produce costumes, sets and use filming equipment. This project will be designed to enable students to appreciate, generate, design and engineer sound to equal the power of the image.
Through a series of workshops, students from primary and secondary schools, will develop skills in audio composition and soundscape design and develop technical expertise in delivering; live show, film and multi media.
This project could also be coordinated with the Smartphone Technology for the Trail (augmented reality) to provide sound for film items, and an audio version of the Children’s Book Project.