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Understanding the Central Chilterns

Do you know a school that needs support teaching local studies? We could help! The Chilterns Conservation Board have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Ernest Cook Trust to work in partnership with Amersham Museum and Wycombe Museum to provide:

·         FREE Teacher Training (in school) 

·         FREE hands-on local studies sessions in your school, using museum artefacts 

The Chilterns landscape has been shaped by human activity over the last 6000 years: from prehistoric monument builders, roman farmers, medieval brick and tile producers and more recently chair makers, to name just a few examples. The people that have settled here have learnt to use the natural resources available to them. The evidence for this is seen in the historic landscape of the Chilterns and the material remains collected by museums. We want to work with local teachers and school children to share these fascinating histories and ensure local children benefit from an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of the Chilterns. 


Project aims:

1.      Educate school children about their local landscape and the significance of its history and geography

2.      Provide knowledge and resources to teachers at local schools

3.      Enthuse more local families to explore the local landscape and to visit local museums


Project description:

This education programme is aimed at upper Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children at schools in the Central Chilterns (including High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough and the adjacent rural areas).

We will help teach children how the Chiltern’s natural resources have supported local industry and communities as well as impacted on the location, type and development of settlements over human history.  Our purpose is to inspire the next generation of local children to feel a connection with the special qualities of the Central Chilterns landscape. We can come to you to deliver FREE taught workshops on local history in your classroom as well as attend staff meetings to advise teachers with their planning of local studies for FREE. 

There are opportunities for us to adapt to the curriculum topic you are working on - i.e. the Stone Age, Iron Age, Romans or Victorians.  


What do teachers say about the workshops?

'The use of artefacts in the classroom meant the children could learn in a fun, hands-on way’ - Year 3 teacher

'The session was excellent at meeting the needs of the children in terms of deepening their knowledge and understanding of the locality, the development of their historical and geographical enquiry skills e.g. investigating artefacts and map reading and also their motivation to learn more about the topic' - Year 6 teacher


Contact Us:

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project or know a school that could benefit, please get in touch with the Maddy, the Project Education Consultant to find out if your school is eligible to take part in the project.

Tell us:

·         three potential dates for a staff meeting

·         three potential dates for a taught classroom session

·         possible year group

·         topic the children are studying


E: understandingthechilterns@amershammuseum.org

T: 07789818399


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We look forward to hearing from you.

Turners in Hampden Woods

Palaeolithic hand axe


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