This term we are studying our local area of Gravesham and Gravesend Town. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at different aspects of Gravesend and Gravesham. This week we are looking at its history and the famous people that are associated with our local area.
Lesson 1 - History of Gravesham and Gravesend
Task 1 - Research about Gravesend and Gravesham and their history and make some notes.
Possible useful websites are:
http://www.discovergravesham.co.uk/ (Virtual Museum)
https://www.visitkent.co.uk/ (then click on Destinations / Gravesend)
You could also interview older family members (via a phone call or video call, or a 2m social distancing chat) to see how they recall Gravesend, do they know of anything that has changed? Write out your interview and answers or send in a recording.
Questions you might want to consider.
What is the difference between Gravesham and Gravesend?
When was Gravesham/Gravesend first recorded or noted to exist?
What is the myth about its name? What key dates are important to the changes to Gravesend/Gravesham?
What other interesting facts are there about Gravesend/Gravesham?
Task 2: Find out any famous people/events linked to Gravesend
You can use the above websites to help you. You may also find some statues or plaques around town if you are doing any exercise around there.
Who are the famous people that are linked to Gravesend?
Has Gravesend/Gravesham been linked to any TV programs, books or films?
Have there been any big events/attractions in Gravesend/Gravesham in the past?
Task 3 – Present your work:
Here are some options about how you could present your findings, or if you have your own idea please feel free to use that.
- make an information article / web page for VisitKent.co.uk (see example idea)
- make a poster/ fact file
- Timeline of events that have occurred in Gravesend
- Draw a picture relating to the history of Gravesend/Gravesham e.g. Rosherville Gardens, or a portrait of a famous person.