Children investigate Yate's history

September 24 2021
Children investigate Yate's history

PUPILS at a Yate primary school have been delving into the town's history.

The project has seen them investigate everything from the Second World War to Yate's mining industry, railways and the history of Kingsgate Park.

Woodlands Primary School in Sundridge Park has been helped by support and materials from Yate Heritage Centre, including some German maps of the town used by the Luftwaffe during the war (below), when Yate's factories were bombed.

The maps were found at a German record office in the 1980s by local historian John Penny.

Head teacher Rachel Dean said: "Children have been fascinated by the local topic and were amazed to discover, through the use of old maps and photographs, that there used to be an airport on the outskirts of the town, and that bombs fell in the area during World War II.

"It is hoped that by using old maps and photographs, courtesy of the Yate Heritage Centre, children will learn new skills and be able to learn more about the town in which they live.

"Bringing history and geography to their doorstep has been really interesting and will help them to have a greater understanding when studying other areas and countries."