February 2013

Exhibition:  Fri 8 February – Mon 1 April 2013
Free family craft events, Sat 9 & Sun 10 February 13.00 – 16.00

Seven primary schools in Greenwich will be showcasing the outcomes of a project undertaken with the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in a special exhibition. Featuring paintings, written work, comic strips and even a boat, the exhibition will run in Discover Greenwich from 8 February – 1 April 2013.

Last autumn the pupils visited the ORNC to explore some of the stories of real people who travelled to and from the Royal Hospital for Seamen in Greenwich, as the buildings of the ORNC used to be known when it was a refuge for old and injured sailors. Among the people whose life stories they heard was John Deman who left his West Indies home to join Admiral Lord Nelson's fleet and later became a Greenwich Pensioner.

Pupils from Meridian Primary School learn about people who came from across the globe to Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital for Seamen including West Indian pensioner seaman, John Deman

Back in the classroom pupils drew inspiration from their visits to produce a range of creative responses to their visits and a selection of this work will be exhibited at the ORNC until the beginning of April.

'There are some amazing stories around the real people that lived in the Royal Hospital for Seamen,' says Nicki Higgins, ORNC Learning Officer. 'Through projects like Greenwich Journeys we help to bring the history of the Old Royal Naval College to life and to inspire young people with the rich and diverse cultures of the seamen for whom Sir Christopher Wren’s amazing buildings were created.'

The young people will join with ORNC staff at a launch event for the exhibition at lunchtime on 8 February and be involved in two public craft events on 9 and 10 February. For further details of events and exhibitions at the ORNC, including the opportunity to 'Meet John Deman' visitwww.ornc.org/events.

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