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Students look at their family history

Fourteen Year 9 pupils have been selected to take part in a pioneering personal history project. The ‘Making History’ initiative – spearheaded by actor Colin McFarlane

Fourteen Year 9 pupils have been selected to take part in a pioneering personal history project. The ‘Making History’ initiative – spearheaded by actor Colin McFarlane - gives young people the opportunity and motivation to begin researching their family trees. Inspired by the centenary of the First World War, the hope is that all students will be able to trace their ancestry back to that epoch defining conflict. As well as teaching valuable research skills, during the course of the project students will learn more about the human dimension of twentieth century, brought to life through the experiences of their antecedents. Each will keep a video diary and put together a presentation of their journey, the best of which will be shown at the British Film Institute in London. To kick start the project, the students met Neil Fraser from TV’s ‘Heir Hunters’, who offered guidance and inspiration. Staff and students are all excited to learn what will be uncovered during the course of the project!