Tracks Through Poplar – Tower Hamlets, the Terrier Trust and the Kent & East Sussex Railway
In Spring 2022, a steam locomotive called ‘Poplar’, built in the 1870s, will return to steam and will be brought to Tower Hamlets to celebrate its 150th anniversary in the area from which it took its name.
In the lead up to this event, we will be running a project for schools in Tower Hamlets, to engage in the social history as well as the science and technology of the rail industry. Participating schools will be invited to see the locomotive when she is in the Borough.
The project will link up to the National Curriculum by developing teacher training and resources in areas of relevance. We will also curate a box of resources (books, artefacts, objects) that will become available for schools.
The project is targeted at KS2 and can be delivered across a year group for multi-form entry schools. Schools may then wish to cascade the learning and involve the rest of the school through assemblies, activities, and by joining us at the event.
This programme is being run in partnership with The Terrier Trust who own the locomotive and the Kent & East Sussex Railway where she is operated. Both organisations are educational charities and the project has been partly funded through a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant award.
The project runs from Sept 2021 to June 2022.
The project is free to schools subscribed to THSLS. Schools not subscribed to THSLS are asked to contribute £100 to take part. Places are limited.
For more details, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates:
Twilight – Thursday 14th October, 4-5pm
Half day training – Thursday 18 November, 1.30-3.30pm
Image credit: Kent & East Sussex Railway