The Thames Landscape Strategy is committed to increasing education, access and understanding of the Thames environment to as wide an audience as possible. An exciting Education and Outreach Programme has been devised and is currently being rolled out by the London’s Arcadia project. A Heritage Education Officer has been appointed in partnership with Orleans House Gallery.
The Education and Outreach Programme is designed to connect people with their environment. It provides opportunities for more people from all backgrounds to have greater access to, and better understanding of the river’s management, conservation, and dynamics.
The Programme is designed to link with all TLS on-the-ground project goals, and includes the wider agendas of volunteering, interpretation, healthy living, and life long learning.
In 2006 a formal schools programme was launched in partnership with Orleans House Gallery to deliver a range of educational activities targeted at Primary and Secondary school pupils, families (especially those living in deprived wards across the TLS area), young parents, children and young people who are looked after and adults living in emergency accommodation.
Highlights have included:
‘Our Heritage’ – using images of the Thames landscape as a stating point for exploring how the river has changed over time and how it can be looked after for the future.
‘Saturday Safari’ – a ground breaking family learning collaboration targeting areas of relative deprivation. The project was showcased at the National Family Learning Network conference.
‘The SPEAR’ photographic project – carried out in partnership with a local organisation supporting homeless people.
‘Local Habitats’ – Schools outreach programme supporting the Every Child Matters initiative aimed at engaging school pupils and their families in the management of their landscape.
‘Culture Vultures’ – formed part of the DCMS Cultural Pathfinder project which aimed to provide children and young people with improved access to culture and leisure opportunities.
‘Our Richmond’ – worked with young people across the London Borough of Richmond in partnership with young people from Richmond Virginia.
‘Black History in Arcadia Landscape’ – dance commission exploring the issues and themes raised by the bicentenary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
‘Reedbed & Local Habitats’ – summer events programme rolled out across the TLS area at events and fairs.
Special Activities – taking children from areas of deprivation out onto the river and foreshore. In addition to the formal learning programme, the TLS carried out a range of activities aimed at increasing understanding and participation in river activity including lectures, talks, participation at events, foreshore discovery days, production of walking leaflets, signs and interpretation panels, and one off education days at a range of locations and has supported the progress of the Twickenham River Centre.
The Thames Landscape Strategy has been reviewed. Follow the link below for details.
The Thames Landscape Strategy is a 100-year blueprint for the River Thames between Hampton and Kew. To view the full strategy document follow the link below.
View the latest Annual Review, a roundup of all the latest developments in the Arcadian Thames