Primary Schools’ education resource

Our Hut, a charity which uses architecture as a starting point to develop fun learning resources for schools, has been funded by the Peckham Townscape Heritage Initiative to develop and test a series of creative and interactive lessons about Peckham town centre, its history and architecture.

Peckham has a fascinating history and there are many interesting buildings from different eras that show various architectural styles. The buildings and their history provide an exciting springboard for children to learn about the neighbourhoods they live in, how they developed and how areas change over time.

Here is the Introduction to the Resource and the Session Plans [pdf 0.86Mb]. This and all the other resources can be downloaded free of charge from ‘Community documents’ in the Community section. The resource has elements for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, and can be used in its entirety or adapted by classroom teachers to suit their needs.

THI Projects: 91-93 Peckham High Street

91 Peckham High Street is likely to be the first of Peckham THI buildings to have work started. Planning permission was secured as part of the permission to re-develop Peckham Library Square. Works will include reinstating both timber windows and a traditional timber shop-front.

Equivalent works will be undertaken at 93 Peckham High Street at the same time, so a considerable impact will be made on this central area of the town centre. Both buildings are owned by Southwark Council. It is anticipated that works will begin in the autumn of 2017.

Here is the drawing for the front of both buildings that formed part of the planning application. You can read about 91 Peckham High Street from page 52 of The Regeneration Practice’s Peckham THI Repair and Restoration Proposals [10.6Mb pdf].

Claire Hegarty – Chair

The partnership has an independent Chair, Claire Hegarty, who brings to the partnership here her love of urban settings and her experience of running an architecture practice in North London. Claire has been working with historic buildings for over twenty years.

‘Coming to Peckham from a different part of London and reading and looking at the work that has been going on in Peckham, what strikes me is the incredible energy and commitment to the THI project and the work done by local people.

I’m looking forward to this amazing opportunity to work with local people who have such a body of knowledge about Peckham and its history, but it will also be a challenge. London is experiencing great change, which in many cases is positive, but this project is also about creating continuity and keeping that sense of place and history.

Neighbourhoods like Peckham are distinctive to London, with layers of memories and stories that we want to protect and I am very much looking forward to working with the council and local people to do that.’

Schools and heritage

Our Hut, a London charity which specialises in architecture education, is being funded through the THI to develop teaching resources for primary schools on Peckham’s history and its built environment. They’re also doing a similar project as part of the Brixton THI. Check out the Our Hut website for information on this and other projects they have delivered.

Lucy Lavers, Judy Ovens and Suzanna Prizeman make up the Our Hut team. They’ll be working with St James the Great Primary School to develop and pilot the learning resources. The work will take place in the summer term 2017.

The work took place in summer term 2017, please see our Primary Schools’ education resource news post, and you can download the Teachers’ Resource Pack, which was created by Our Hut, from ‘Community documents’ in the Community section.