York Trailblazers Education Commission

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York Trailblazers, a partnership between York Civic Trust and Make It York, is a city-wide programme of events and activities celebrating the trailblazers of our past and present. As part of the project, we are commissioning activity in educational contexts and looking for a local creative organisation to deliver workshops and/or activities in York schools whilst a temporary sculpture trail takes place in the city, across May – September 2024. 

Any creative professional or organisation within a 20 mile radius of York city centre, with a minimum of two years’ experience of developing and delivering workshops for an educational context may apply.  The commission fee for this work is £11,000, as we aim to offer heritage education resources, through these workshops or the podcast resources described below, to every school in the city across the trail period.

Creatives working in any, or multiple disciplines, may apply by sending a covering letter, portfolio or CV, and references for your education work, to yorktrailblazers@gmail.com. In your cover letter outline your creative expertise and how you will use creative methods to deliver the project outcomes.  

In the covering letter, you can propose an interactive workshop, or an activity, such as a short performance for assemblies with associated resources, which will engage older primary and lower secondary school students in York Trailblazers. We are not being prescriptive about the format of the educational work delivered by the commission winners, as we would love to see creative ideas and responses to the brief. 

Please apply to the commission or contact Lou on yorktrailblazers@gmail.com to arrange a conversation about the opportunity before noon on 30 January 2024. 

Project Outcomes 

The outcomes of the delivered activity are: 

  • Participants will have learnt more about local history and heritage (particularly the trailblazers) 
  • Participants will be inspired to visit the trail and discover more 
  • Participants will better understand and appreciate York’s reputation as a place of innovation and trailblazing people, and their place within this story. 

Alongside this commission, we are producing a series of three podcasts for teachers and older students which explore the history of three local trailblazers (commissioned seperately from this). These podcasts will incorporate short audio sketches, which will also be used as a standalone resource in classrooms, and be accompanied by creative resources for lesson planning, aimed at upper primary and lower secondary classes. This resource could be used alongside the workshops to augment the experience for schools and you may wish to link your proposal to the content of the podcasts. 

Podcast Content 

Each of the podcasts will focus on a different theme, tied to the curriculum. They are: 

  • Roman York – Ivory Bangle Lady, Emperor Septimius Severus, and Roman migrant stories in York 
  • British suffrage and suffragettes – Annie Coultate and the York Suffragettes. 
  • Industrial Revolution – the Luddite movement, and the trial and execution of three ringleaders in York. 

Please contact Lou on yorktrailblazers@gmail.com for more information about the podcasts, if needed. 

Commission Terms 

The commission fee for this work is £11,000. 

The commission winner will be responsible for developing the workshop or activity, timetabling their workshops over the Summer and Autumn terms, transport to and from the schools, and delivering the workshop/activity. The fee will cover all research, development, delivery, materials and travel costs the commission winner incurs. 

We will offer every school in York access to the podcasts and accompanying resources, and working with the commission winner, an agreed number of these will also be offered an in-person workshop or activity to inspire young people to interact with the trail.  

We would like to prioritise a widespread interaction with schools, so as many as possible get the opportunity to benefit from a visit from the commissioned organisation / individual but will work with the winning bid to ensure that the offer is high quality and feasible to deliver for the size of the commission. 

York Trailblazers can provide context and research to aid development, materials related to the trail to share with schools, and connections to key schools in the city. We can also connect you to the other streams of activity taking place as part of the York Trailblazers programme as required.  

The commission winner will report to York Trailblazers who will monitor progress throughout the commission and provide advice and support. 

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