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London Metropolitan Archive takes pupils back in time for Toynbee Hall's 'Knowledge Hub'

Published: 29 Jan 2015

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On Wednesday 28th January, the first Knowledge Hub began as Toynbee Hall’s Youth Services team and Archivists took year 7 pupils from the Central Foundation School for Girls to The London Metropolitan Archives. This is part of Toynbee Hall’s 'Revealing Social Reform Project' that aims to bring the history of Toynbee Hall to new audiences through engaging learning.

The Knowledge Hub will take young people on a journey of discovery by uncovering the history of the areas in which they live and go to school, through centuries of documents, photo’s and maps. They will be able to gain a sense of what life was like in East London over hundreds of years, especially in the areas that they have become so familiar with.

In the first session, the guides took the group through the archive’s current exhibition on Gothic London and then on a special behind the scenes tour of the archives, both demonstrated first-hand the meticulous organising it takes to keep the archive in order. The group then took part in activities that focused on the history of Toynbee Hall. A variety of documents were available for the young people to touch, interact with and investigate themselves. This included journals, photos, hand-drawn plans and an array of literature produced by Toynbee Hall over the last 130 years.

The group look over documents including hand drawn plans of Toynbee Hall

The session closed with a recap on what the pupils had enjoyed most and what they want to discover next month. The next Knowledge Hub will be on February 25th.

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