Cromer Road School looking for contributions to New Barnet history archive

Times Series: Headteacher Helen Schmitz read students extracts from the school's own archives during earlier celebrations of its 80th year Headteacher Helen Schmitz read students extracts from the school's own archives during earlier celebrations of its 80th year

A school is taking a trip down memory lane to study the history of its local area and pave the way for a new online archive.

Cromer Road Primary in New Barnet is holding the first of two history days on Sunday at which people living in the area are invited to contribute their own memories.

Parent and educational historian Susan Skedd is leading the project, organised to celebrate the school’s 80th year.

A £10,000 Heritage Lottery Grant handed to the school last year is being used to pay for a new website and portable exhibition detailing the history of the New Barnet area.

Doctor Skedd said: “It is always good to know where you’ve come from and what life was like for people in the area over the years.

“It is the history of change and it is wonderful to carry that to the next generation.”

Organisers are looking for people to contribute their photographs and accounts of life through the years – whether it is bombings during the Second World War or the celebrations of the new Millennium.

Local historian Paul Barker will be at the school on Sunday and Dr Skedd will be leading short historical walks around the area.

A website detailing all of the project’s findings is due to go live in June, but not before another data-gathering day in April.

Dr Skedd said: “It is a pleasure to be a part of this. People can come and share their stories but also learn a bit as well. We want it to grow and grown over time and this is just the starting point.”

Open days at the school will take place this Sunday and on Sunday April 28 between 2pm and 4pm.

Anyone who cannot make it can email their contributions to cromerroadat80@gmail.com

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