LuneKids deliver history lesson
Postboxes are a common sight all over the UK. In every city, town or village, you will find the familiar red boxes belonging to Royal Mail.
But have you ever noticed there are different types? Around 800, according to the experts. The first box was introduced in 1852 and the designs have changed over the years. The cipher of the reigning monarch is usually on the front of each box, which helps to date them.
When LuneTube heard there was a rare example on the streets of Lancaster, it needed investigation.
Time to call in the LuneKids!
Children from Scotforth St. Paul's CE Primary School joined the LuneTube team to look at a rare example of postal heritage. Most of them had never used a postbox before, let alone noticed the one close to their school. The LuneKids threw themselves into the assignment with gusto and now take a keen interest in all postboxes.
But the LuneKids have not just learnt about local heritage. The production also gave them opportunity to flex their film-making muscles. Presenting, creative writing, problem solving, directing, acting, team work - the LuneKids have put a lot into this film.
We think you'll agree that our LuneKids have delivered a first class film.
It's a YES! from Miss
Ruth Atkinson, Deputy Headteacher at Scotforth St. Paul’s said, “Being part of the LuneTube film has brought local history alive for our children. They loved finding out facts about something on their doorstep they had never noticed before.”
“The children have now started ‘postbox spotting’ and take great delight in telling me which monarchs' names they have seen!”
Do you have a rare postbox near you? See which variations you can find. The Letter Box Study Group website has a guide to the different types: http://lbsg.org/
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