Encouraging discovery and sharing of oral stories!
'The Royal Docks Stories’ funded by The Royal Docks Trust, aims to uncover interesting people, stories and experiences about the Royal Docks area.
This project carried out research and oral interviews with Royal Docks residents and representatives, some of whom, shared their experiences and stories in an inter-generational encounter with young people from Winsor Primary and Ellen Wilkinson Primary. Materials gathered from the research were used by IROKO with the participating young people from both schools to create a musical theatre piece incorporating drama, storytelling, music and dance. On two dates in February, the schoolchildren and a selection of interviewees performed their show ‘Royal Docks Stories’ for the local community. There was also an exhibition of some of IROKO’s research findings alongside the pupils’ poems.
Feel free to take a look at our Research Videos to hear some our interviewees' Royal Docks Stories.
We have been very fortunate to secure the support of key organisations and individuals on this project. We would especially like to thank the following for their support, advice and encouragement:
It was a genuine pleasure working alongside the staff from both schools. They went to great efforts to accomodate us and sort through the various logistical considerations involved. We'd like to give a special mention to:
Carol Farwell, Head Teacher, WPS
Martin Noutch, Creative Coordinator, WPS
Glenda Haughty, Year Five Teacher, EWPS
Plus all the other members of staff and school volunteers who helped ensure the project ran smoothly
We would also like to express our gratitude to our interviewees for sharing their fascinating stories, namely:
Finally, the project could not have been possible without the help of our team of dedicated volunteers:
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