Field of Archives

How Paganel Primary School is playing its part to remember the First World War, 100 years on.


In November, earlier in the year, Paganel Primary School’s Year 5 classes visited Lodge Hill Cemetery as part of a project with the Big Ideas Company to commemorate those who died in the First World War and are buried at Lodge Hill.

We researched a number of soldiers buried at Lodge Hill, and the pupils took part in a number of activities to locate and learn more about these individuals, to help to connect them with the events of 100 years ago.

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Visit to the University

‘It’s the best trip we ever had because it was four trips all together’.


This blog is about the University of Birmingham visit by Paganel Primary Year 6 and was written by Archives After-school club, yr6:

We went to University of Birmingham and looked around ‘Old Joe’ the clocktower and walked around the old building.  The clock tower has LED lighting so it can go different colours.

Then we went to the Barber Institute, in the middle of the University.  It was very nice because Mrs Barber donated so many pictures and still helps it run after she’s died.

IMG_20170622_104046We looked more at some of the self-portrait paintings.  It was interesting to find out what they meant.  Like the one where the man was in black and holding a skull.  When you look at it at first it’s just a portrait, but when read what’s underneath and look a little harder you can see more what it means.

One picture was unknown who it was, and it was a picture of a woman who had sorrow on her face.  I was curious about who it might be and why they were sad, because there wasn’t much known about it.

There was a painting of Jesus with the dark soldier next to him.  It looked like a demon behind him, all black with a scary face.  I like scary stuff, it’s fascinating and I want to know more about it.

‘Then we went to the archives.  This was my favourite bit.’

When we visited the people at Cadbury Research Library.  They had all the archives locked up downstairs, all protected.  They showed us how they conserved it by bathing the paper in water.  They ‘relaxed’ the paper by spraying it before the bath (see photo top of page).

IMG_20170622_122503We also saw a letter written by Neville Chamberlain to Adolf Hitler before the second world war, as well as lots of other archived things.


Roary the Allosaurus

At the Lapworth museum we met Roary the Allosaurus.  He broke two bones in his ribs and toe, so he couldn’t fight and he couldn’t eat,  and that’s why he died.

I liked the crystals, the stuffed animals and the fossils.  There was a stuffed possum too.

Make sure you visit the University and all the free places you can go and find out things too.

Please visit uni and see more of our photos in our archive, or see last year’s visit blogpost.



Explore your archive maps

IMG_20151116_152320This is a map of the old area of Paganel Primary School in 1885. It has been laminated and it has been painted to show the current map of Paganel over it. I chose it because, at first I thought why was there paint all over it.  It was an old map from 1885-6 . Then I realised that it’s two maps in one.  The current area is painted on the old map!

Soutir chose a Map of Paganel for his favourite archive – part of a series of laminated A3 sheets – ‘History of Paganel’.  The display from 1990s Paganel School is being digitised – many of the photos and images used in the display are original.

See more of Explore your archive week 14th to 22nd November #explorearchives also how we do it now – Historic Landscape Conservation
Poppy Red Remembered

Our brand new year.

We are planning on being the best archivers ever by making the year the best year ever. Jessica is being a busy bee cataloguing and filing.

Sam is writing down our plans for this year.  (interviewing Mr H about our trip to Standsfield)

Mollie is blogging and helping out with everyone.

This year is going to be the BEST year ever.

By Mollie Starkey Archiver

Preparations for Libraries inspire learning

SWOTUsing our SWOT analysis to guide us, Paganel Archives events team (AKA after-school Archive Club) is working hard in preparation for 10th March Kidsmeet!

We have split the workload between the team (three teams to cover hosting (meeting greeting, helping), opening/compare, technical, and grafitti wall/ video room/ interviews).
We wrote a few letters that needed replying to/sending, and committed to keeping a (new) blog running for the next  month –
A lot covered in a short time but lots to do – there’s the archives activity (afternoon) and the archives presentation (morning), to work out too.  Hectic, but feels like it’s all coming together nicely.