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Kids Curated Norfolk Exhibition

Our Norfolk Exhibition, which ran in Norwich until 1st November 2014 at the Millennium Library in the Forum, was curated by Year 5 & 6 students from Mulbarton Junior school in Norfolk.

The fun exhibition told the story of our work in Norfolk so far. To understand the story of the 8th USAAF in the region we gave ninety school children  the chance to creatively interpret the work of the Eighth in the East and this important time in history. You can watch the ITV Anglia report about the students field trip below.

P-DIG from ITV Anglia on Vimeo.

On Monday 20th October, the nine to eleven year olds school visited nearby Hethel Airfield to take part in an Archaeology Dig. With the kind support of a local landowner, the 389th BG Memorial Museum and Norfolk Historic Environment Service, the children were able to visit a Stanton Bomb Shelter, take part in a test pit and learn in the museum about the US troops stationed there.

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This was followed on Tuesday by a poetry day, when the students used items from the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library’s collection to write poems inspired by the 8th USAAF and their relationships with local people.

And finally, Wednesday saw leading Black Historian S.I Martin visit the school to give a whole school assembly about the importance of the 8th USAAF sometimes forgotten Black History.

S.I then helped the students set up the final exhibition at the Forum.
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At the exhibition people discovered the archaeological finds, read the school children’s brilliant poems and saw all the great work they  put together to really bring this history alive for everyone.

We’d like to thank Mulbarton Junior School’s students, teachers & staff for making our team feel so welcome, the museum at Hethel and the local landowner who made the archaeological dig possible and our project partners for helping to ensure the weeks activities were a success. For more information about the exhibition or any other aspect of our work, please get in touch with the team.