Stormont House Centenary

Stormont House Centenary is a partnership project between Fifth Word Theatre, Hackney Museum, Hackney Archives and is supported by Hackney Council's Leisure and Green Spaces. The project will commemorate the lives of the staff and patients at Stormont house hospital during WW1 with community members and young people from Stormont House school.

During the start of WW1 The Red Cross rented Stormont House situated in Hackney Downs Park for use as an auxiliary hospital. Although a school, the building was converted for use as a military hospital and was officially opened on 29th January 2016. We intend to launch school sessions, at Stormont House School during it's 100th anniversary year celebrating the heritage of this hospital's past using the dramatic pedagogical approach ‘Mantle of Expert’.

Prior to the school sessions, volunteers will shadow and assist a professional researcher to select archives and artefacts that will help uncover the hospital’s fascinating history.

Volunteers will receive training and be given opportunities to research whilst being guided by a professional researcher. We are interested in the personal stories of these local unsung heroes and what their contribution meant for WW1.

The research will result in a story box that Fifth Word will use as a starting point to delve deeper into stories with young people from Stormont House School. This experience will enable Yr 7 pupils to become curators and create an exhibition that will tour Hackney Museum, Hackney Downs Park Pavilion and Hackney Archives from spring 2016 onwards.

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