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What’s Heritage?


The Beech House Bakers were delighted to see themselves on the large screen, whilst listening to Dean perform the Beech House Cabinet Trophy poem.

After that, there was a little bit of bubble mayhem, as everyone tried to sing along with the song, whilst simultaneously blowing bubbles … not an easy task.

The rest of the morning was spent completing the medals, first painting them gold and then attaching ribbons – echoing the team colours of pink and white for the Beech House Bakers and purple and orange for the Edgar Sewter Dudes.

That afternoon, the children returned to the Museum, to finish off their worksheets from last week.

It was also an opportunity to chat about ‘heritage’ and what we really mean by that word, after which the children went in search of items that were meaningful to their sense of heritage.

From collections of letters written by Halesworth merchants to pinpointing the location of the skatepark on a map of the town in Tudor times, identifying family names on a chain of civic office and tracing the history of education in the town, the children were tireless – and exuberant – in their quest.

As a member of the museum staff commented: –

‘They’ve all left the Museum really happy – that’s wonderful. They were really involved, really engaged and they’ve all skipped off, happy and excited. That’s brilliant.’

‘My grandma is 93 and she has lots of stories from school and I think those stories are part of my heritage.’
‘We worked out where the skatepark is on the old Tudor 3D map, near the river.’
‘Heritage is something that belongs to you - it's passed down by generations and it could be a really precious thing or just an old thing - but it tells you where you came from.’