Doors Open Day for Schools

In the summer of 2017, 100 primary school students from four inner city schools took part in Doors Open Day for Schools 2017.

The event encouraged the children to creatively explore Bristol city centre through the theme ‘how buildings make you feel’.

With a focus on literacy, art and design and local history, the day was designed to enrich the school curriculum and included a diverse range of activities including:

  • building inspired poetry and tower tours at St James Priory
  • guided tour and ‘identity’ themed crest activity at City Hall
  • role play / drama inspired heritage walk through the Old City
  • public space design challenge linked to ‘emotional responses to place’ at the Architecture Centre.

The event was part of the Architecture Centre’s Opening Doors to Heritage programme, which aims to expand and diversify audiences through working with schools, communities and families. A future Doors Open Day for Schools event is planned for June 2018 – contact the Architecture Centre if you are a local school or venue who would like to get involved.

A set of free downloadable teaching resources based on the event will soon be available in the resources section (from Sept 2017).

With thanks to event facilitators: Ali Camp, Sue Jotcham, Michael Gorely, Pete Insole, Celia Jenkins.


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