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The Rise and Fall of Basing House

A partnership project with Hampshire Cultural Trust, Aldworth School and Basingstoke Young Carers, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots Programme, this project ran from March - December 2016. Both groups of young people have learnt more about their local heritage, gained skills in research, visited a number of historic sites, improved their creativity and gained Bronze Arts Award.


End of the Project: Celebration event at Aldworth School

The young people invited their families and teachers to a presentation evening to celebrate their learning and achievements. The invited audience watched their original film, heard about the project activities from the young people and the project leaders and certificates and commendations were awarded.

September: Tudor Day

On ‘Tudor Day’ at Basing House the young people from Aldworth School gave a great live performance to local people, which was also filmed. Later both films were made into DVDs and each young person got a copy. Both films have been uploaded to YouTube to create a lasting legacy of the project and the young people’s hard work.

August: Making our films

The two dedicated groups of young people spent the summer writing scripts and rehearsing with film company History Bombs, whilst another group were busy designing activities for the new children’s guide book with professional designer Emily Harper.

June: Research & trips

A range of after-school sessions introduced young people to the history of Basing House and the Tudor period, and encouraged them to investigate the many different ways the story of the site could be told. The young people also went on research trips to historic Winchester and Hampton Court Palace to look at what life in Tudor times would have been like and to imagine what Basing House would have looked like in the 1600s.

In response to their research, the young people decided they would like to produce a performance for Basing House on Tudor Day, one of the site’s annual events. They were also keen to design a scavenger hunt and other activities that could be available in a new children’s guide book. The young people have all been working with professional film company History Bombs; one group has developed a performance for Tudor Day and the other group have created a film. They have also been working with arts and heritage experts to develop a new children’s activities and guide book.