Cemetery brought to life at guide launch

130716'The children of class 4D at Gladstone Road Junior School help the Friends of Dean Road Cemetery launch their new education guide.'Picture by Neil Silk'13/02/13
130716'The children of class 4D at Gladstone Road Junior School help the Friends of Dean Road Cemetery launch their new education guide.'Picture by Neil Silk'13/02/13

The past, present and future of Scarborough’s largest cemetery have been brought to life for young visitors to the site.

An education pack has been produced by the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery in partnership with Scarborough Council, as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Secret Garden Project.

The pack consists of posters and activity sheets which are linked to the national curriculum studied in primary schools, with activities linked to the history, architecture, wildlife, art and people connected with Dean Road and Manor Road cemeteries.

They are being made available to all primary schools and youth groups in the town.

All pupils at Barrowcliff School will be taking part in a project on Scarborough’s heritage later this year, and the education pack will be used to help them to identify some of the significant events and people in Scarborough’s history.

Barrowcliff deputy head Paul Johnson said: “This is one of the best education packs I have seen during my teaching career, well put together with open questions and good illustrations.

“We are really pleased to be able to use it in the cemetery, which is within walking distance of the school.”

Pupils from Gladstone Road Junior School have already spent a morning in the cemetery working on different activity sheets.

Headteacher Brian Johnston said “The school is actively involved in a number of local partnerships and provides pupils with a wide range of local visit opportunities.

“This education pack is a valuable addition to our local resources and will be used for a variety of cross curricular topics. Pupils have responded very positively to the ideas and activities available.”

Jan Cleary, chairman of the Friends group said: “We hope the education pack will engage young people in interesting activities in the cemetery, helping them to connect with the history of the town and to develop respect for the people buried there, supporting our long term plan to reduce anti-social behaviour in the cemetery.”

The Friends will be distributing the packs to local schools and youth groups over the next few weeks and a copy is available for photocopying in Scarborough reference library, and via download from the Friends’ website www.scarboroughcemeteries.co.uk