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Remembering the Jarrow Crusade

A local school project

On Thursday 5th May 2016, Catrin Galt (Family History Library, South Tyneside Library Service) and Dr Matt Perry (Reader in Labour History at Newcastle University) addressed the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals Conference at The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. They spoke about their collaboration (alongside local poet Tom Kelly) to deliver a four week project with local schools to remember the Jarrow Crusade. The aim w as to bring the marchers and their Crusade to life for these children to understand their heritage and, for many of them, their own ancestry. They used library resources to identify the men, to show what life was like in 1930s Jarrow and to explain what drove the men to embark on the Crusade. The children engaged in a creative writing project to show their response to the Crusade. The next step for the project is to create an interactive map which links the men of the Crusade to the streets where they lived and to gather information from their descendants to build a comprehensive picture of their lives before and after the Crusade for the first time.

published on: 9 May 2016