Children travel through time in a special performance for Cliffe Castle’s reopening

Article dated Monday Dec 4, 2017 at 02:32 PM

Children from two local schools will be telling a time travelling story of Keighley's Past, Present and Future as part of the celebrations for Cliffe Castle Museum and Park's grand reopening next month, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

Year Six children from Long Lee and Ingrow Primary Schools are helping launch the event on Sunday 10 December with the performance of a drama which they have researched and helped to write themselves after visiting the refurbished attraction for inspiration.

The pupils have taken part in Bradford Council's Art & Science of Noticing workshop at the museum to collect ideas for their performance. The workshops are designed to encourage young people to be able to access and enjoy museums and galleries.

Three classes from the two schools, who are part of the same federation, have worked together on the performance after visits to Cliffe Castle.

They will be performing at 11.30am on Sunday 10 December in the Bracewell Smith Hall, as part of the annual 'Christmas at the Castle' event which this year includes the grand reopening of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported park restoration.

Claire Ackroyd, Bradford Council's Learning Manager said: "Everyone is familiar with the story of the Christmas Carol and it has helped inspire a new performance looking at Keighley’s Past Present and Future.

"Bradford Council's Museums and Parks team have worked together to run workshops which have helped the pupils to explore the whole of Cliffe Castle for their performance. The children have had some brilliant ideas and their show will make a great contribution to our celebrations."

Megan Davey, assistant head teacher for English at Ingrow Primary School said: "The children were totally enthralled with the Art of Noticing workshop and are working away behind the scenes to create their performance.

"The Year Six pupils have been very engaged with the project from the start and are eager to share their newly acquired knowledge about our local history with others from school. Our children feel proud to be asked to take part in this special opportunity; they are really rising to the challenge and look forward to sharing their hard work with the public."

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Environment, Culture and Sport said: "This has been a great project for the children to be involved with. They have been able to help bring their local history to life and their performance will make the reopening of Cliffe Castle all the more exciting."

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