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‘Sligo Selfies’ Fun For Junior Historians

‘Sligo Selfies’ Fun For Junior Historians
16 February, 2016

We all know how much Children love technology and playing with gadgets. Now a novel history project is harnessing that enthusiasm and encouraging young students to talk to an older person in their life.  Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo has launched an oral history project called Sligo Selfies, designed for 3rd to 6th class primary school pupils.

The aim of the project is to increase children's interest in history and to encourage pupils across the county to engage with their shared history, in addition to exploring their personal and community histories. This project will be conducted via participating schools. Pupils will be asked to talk to their grandparents, or an older person they know to find out about their lives and their memories of growing up. After chatting to their chosen older person, students will then video themselves and their interviewee, who will be asked to answer one question...’What is your earliest memory of Sligo?’

Project Co-coordinator Deirdre Melvin explains the response has been great since launching the project. “The pupils they are really enjoying talking to their teachers and parents and discovering new things about their homeplace. The technology to record is readily available to Children via school tablets and parents’ smart phones. Sligo Selfies brings two things they love together – gadgets and sharing stories. It is bringing history to life and providing an understanding that history is not just about the big dates and battles, it’s about everyday life too.” 

The videos collected will be displayed in a public exhibition at the theatre in May 2016.
Hawk's Well Theatre in association with Sligo County Council and Ireland 2016 invites primary schools to participate in this exciting project. A tailored lesson plan for teachers is available to download here

For further information on Sligo Selfies Primary Schools Project, please email
Closing date for submissions for this project is Friday 11th March 2016.


*Photo Pupils of Leaffoney Primary School at launch of Sligo Selfies

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