North Primary School and Nursery in Colchester is proud to have been awarded National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project CXXV: North School’s 125th Anniversary. Thanks to National Lottery players, this ambitious eighteen-month project aims to research and retell the 125 years history of North Primary School.
Our project will began by researching the school’s history. Working with Historian Claire Driver, the teachers and pupils explored the school’s archive at Essex Record Office, looking at the wonderful documents which included maps, architectural plans, photographs, log books and admission registers, identifying the school’s rich history and culture through the ages.
Through a series of community events and open days, we invited a wide range of people, including current and former staff, pupils and families, to help us identify the social history of the school and its place in the local community. People shared their memories, donated objects, photographs and memorabilia. These have been added to the school archive and website, bringing together all the research, objects and oral history recordings that have been donated. The history of North has been brought together on a digital timeline, sharing the school’s history over 125 years.
The archive has been interpreted by the artists Nicola Burrell and Lisa Temple Cox who were commissioned to create permanent artworks which are a legacy of this project and celebrate North’s 125 year history.
We are extremely grateful to our funders National Lottery Heritage Fund and project supporters at Essex Record Office, Colchester Museums, Colchester Recalled, Lexden History Group and Sir Bob Russell, High Steward of Colchester, who have supported us for the duration of this project. We would also like to say a special thank you to our team of volunteers and individuals who have helped to make CXXV so successful.