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Children unearth school’s industrial heritage

Published on 24/07/18

Children at Charles Darwin Primary have travelled back in time 100 years to delve into the industrial heritage of their school site.

The Year 2 class explored the history of the Rose Lane site with the help of Karen Gaffney, education and outreach assistant at the Norfolk Record Office, on Wednesday, July 18.

They examined images dating back to 1907, when the Charles Darwin site housed the WM Morris Cycle Works.

The site was at the heart of a thriving industrial area that also contained a shoe factory and vinegar works.

Teacher Alana Chipperfield said: “The children were fascinated to see the images from the past, showing where they walk to school every day and what stood there 111 years ago. Some could even identify their homes.

“They were all amazed to see how the city has changed so much over time.”