Young people produce their guide to Malvern!

Last year over 100 year 7 students from Dyson Perrins CoE Academy worked with Route to the Hills to produce a new guide of things to see and do in Malvern aimed at their own age group.

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Malvern Essentials for Young People features 29 places recommended for teenagers and includes places to eat and visit, things to do on a budget and things that are better enjoyed with friends or with family. It also includes a short history of Malvern and local hints such as the best spots to take a selfie and tips about where free wi-fi is available.

While there are already numerous leaflets and online information available for visitors to Malvern, young people felt there was nothing that really reflected how they viewed the town or what they enjoyed doing.

Zoe Wilding, one of the students who worked on the guide, said: “I like Malvern because it’s a nice small town and includes lots of places for people to go and meet other people. It’s also got the Malvern Hills which are amazing.”

Jacob Brown, another of the pupils involved, added: “I think Malvern is good for someone my age because there are lots of places to hang out enjoy themselves.”

Malvern Essentials is now available to pick up for free from the Malvern Tourist Information Centre, perfect if you are hosting a young person this Easter!

Bringing history to life

A year 4 class from Grove Primary School have travelled back in time and brought the Malvern Water Cure to life by retelling it's unique development through a series of short videos they researched, scripted and filmed in front of a green screen. 

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In the week preceding the students learnt about the Water Cure using the materials and resources found in the Water Cure Loan Box, developed by Malvern Museum as part of Route to the Hills.

Karen and David, from Innovate Educate, then worked with the pupils to craft six stories about the water cure and film them in front of a Green Screen based on what they had learnt with their teacher Alison Matthews.

Students got to dress up as various Victorian characters (including Florence Nightingale!) and  use ipads to film the scripts they had been rehearsing. They developed not only historical and technical skills, but refined their literacy and collaborative skills, managing to effectively work as mini production teams.

Everyone involved were delighted with the students final work, as well as their positive attitude throughout the day, and we hope that the skills shared with teachers will allow them to continue their learning in a fun and engaging way.

For more information about the Loan Boxes or Learning Resources being produced, please contact Katy via email on katy.wade@malvernhills.gov.uk

NEW COMPETITION: SHOWCASE MALVERN

Route to the Hills is launching a new competition which will give you the chance to tell a story about Malvern's past.

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We are asking members of the public to tell us their ideas for an exhibition they would like to create which showcases a part of Malvern's history. From displaying historic pictures of old buildings, to creating paintings of a notable event, we are after your ideas on what history or story you would like to tell. Anything will be considered, as long as there is a clear link to Malvern's past, and we encourage you to think creatively in how you may choose to display this story.

The winning entry will receive up to £1,000 to help cover the costs of producing the exhibition, and you will work alongside the Route to the Hills team to launch the exhibition before summer 2018. Applications will be accepted from individuals or groups (for example a school class, a poetry group, an artistic network etc) but you will need to be able to commit the necessary time to seeing it completed.

We hope that by inviting applications from the public, we will extend the history that has been explored in Route to the Hills, and give people the chance to engage with local heritage as part of a fun project which will benefit the local community.

All applications must be emailed or posted to Hannah by 12th March 2018, but if you have any questions or would like to talk through an idea, please don't hesitate to get in contact via the means stated on the application form.

Full details and guidelines can be found here

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here

General tips can be found here

 

Good Luck!

A Warm Welcome to Hannah

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In December we were thrilled to have Hannah Boult join the Route to the Hills team as a work placement student.  She will be with us  until the end of March 2018, and therefore we have asked her to write a quick introduction to herself and the work she will be doing.

Hi everyone! I am a final year student at the University of Birmingham where I am studying history. In my spare time I am also a British Red Cross volunteer where I help to run the British Red Cross on Campus Society at my University where we fundraise for different campaigns of the British Red Cross.

 As an intern I will be developing a competition for the best Malvern History Exhibition, where members of the public will be invited to submit ideas in order to try and win some funding to make their idea come to life. I will also be helping to organize some of the activities, as well as organizing a heritage skills day for families.

  I joined this project as I think its a really amazing, unique way to inform people about the fascinating heritage of Great Malvern. I also joined as in the future I would love to continue with my passion for history and work in the heritage sector, so this is a great experience for me.

The Studs of Malvern

You may have noticed some of the route's new features being installed recently around the town. One of the project's volunteers - Simon Berry - undertook a mission to find and locate some of the new interpretation, in particular the small ground studs. Read below for his account of his exploration through the town to find them!

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"Walking around Great Malvern is generally a pleasant experience.  On this particular December afternoon it was cool and dry with bright blue skies.  It was perfect weather for enjoying the distinguished and interesting buildings and admiring the hills which overlook the town.   However, today was not a day for gazing at the hills. I was keeping my eyes fixed firmly on the street, particularly the pavements... 

I had heard that Route to the Hills had recently arranged for a series of studs to be embedded into the pavements of the route, showing pictures relating to the history of Great Malvern.  My plan was to walk the route and spot all the different studs.   I was prepared, having found pictures of the various studs on the Route to the Hills website.  Carrying my pen and a copy of the informative booklet: Great Malvern An unusually excellent guide for curious explorers I set off from Great Malvern Station to walk the route and spot these mysterious pictures.

Walking up Avenue Road, I was soon in luck.  In great excitement I stopped abruptly on the pavement, narrowly avoiding colliding with two elderly walkers and a man with his dog.  After apologising profusely I eagerly began ticking off the pictures in the guide book.  Before long I had seen a Toposcope and a Nightingale (well at least pictures of them both) and was now immune from curious stares from passers-by.

Into a near empty Priory Park I anticipated peace and quiet.  It was almost empty of people.  However, the park was full of noisy pigeons, quacking ducks and lively squirrels.  I kept my eyes fixed to the ground and whichever way I passed the Malvern Theatres I was rewarded with more sightings of the studs, which I enthusiastically ticked off in my book.  As I climbed towards the top of the park I enjoyed a glorious view over the theatres to the Abbey Hotel with the hills above everything.  However, it was soon back to business, travelling through the grounds of Great Malvern Priory and onto Belle Vue Terrace.  The studs included a variety of symbols representing  amongst other things Morgan cars, Lea and Perrins Sauce and Gas Lamps.   

I arrived at the top of Belle Vue Terrace and walked to Rose bank Gardens to read the last of the Route to the Hills plaques and check my booklet.

It had been a pleasant and reasonably energetic walk and I had found most of the studs, apart from the Astrolabe and the Radar Dish.   The 99 steps to St. Ann’s Well awaited at the top of Rose bank Gardens but I thought today had been lively enough. Perhaps next time….