WRT is conducting a survey with local schools and colleges. We want to know how you see the activity, and how you believe your students can benefit. The Anglo-Saxon ship reconstruction is directly relevant to the Department of Education’s Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 for History, and will bring alive these curricula. This is the chance for YOU to tell US what you want.
The maritime heritage theme is inescapable: the Woodbridge Museum next door will contain a wealth of historical information; placed within a stone’s throw of the Longshed is the Woodbridge Tide Mill; the River Deben ebbs and flows past the Woodbridge waterfront joining past with present.
Very young children will enjoy the drama of seeing the ship being built in the shed, and can visit the museum to see how Anglo Saxon people lived and relied upon the ecology of the river. They may see demonstrations of old skills, perhaps rope making, or forging rivets. Older children can delve deeper into topics focused on the ship and its history.
In addition, there will be models and working exhibits that young people in particular will enjoy. (Let’s face it, water may be involved!) These will help to explain ships and their design, operation, navigation and management.
There will be the facility to run practical courses in woodworking, design and technology, for pupils of all ages, from those still at school to retirees looking to expand their horizons. The building of small replica boats, or rowing skiffs for competitions on the river, and heritage restoration projects, are all possibilities.