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Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund we have been able to develop a toolkit for local schools to use in their teaching, connecting the next generation with the organ, its music, its history and the stories of people associated with it.

Our Educational Toolkit is made up of four complementary classroom activities that link to the National Curriculum:

1. An animated introduction to the pipe organ – Key Stages 1 & 2

An animation, which playfully shows how a pipe organ makes the sounds it makes, with accompanying activity sheet.

2. A toolkit of creative activities (Music & Literacy) – Key Stage 2

The toolkit includes activities that involve music, sound making, discussion and poetry. The ideas and activities are based on the workshop material from Objects as Memorials – a creative community project exploring ideas around identity, memory and objects that tell our individual stories.

3. Tales of First World War Stroud Green (History) Key Stages 1 & 2

A menu of audio and visual materials telling the stories of some of the soldiers and their families associated with the organ, rooted in the history of the First World War in the context of local history.

4. One family at war – (History) Key Stage 2

A teacher resource for study of the First World War, exploring the Edwards family, seven members of which are commemorated by the organ at St Mellitus.

We can offer a visit to St Mellitus to see the organ and hear more about the soldiers from one of the project archive researchers. Use the contact@stmellitusorgan.co.uk email address to get in touch if you are interested in this.

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