History and Heritage Creative Learning


Carousel are unique in our area in bringing heritage to life for young children. For all the children at our session it was the first time they had learnt about the local heritage of ironworking and to do so through dance, craft and storytelling meant the children were fully engaged. It was wonderful to see the children taking their first steps in discovering archaeology as well as thinking about the science of extracting iron from the earth. I am delighted that the public library could facilitate that learning.” Sarah Jones, Library Supervisor, Axminster

Carousel has an active arts based approach to heritage learning.  Through an innovative and creative engagement programme, Carousel increase children’s and their families understanding of, emotional involvement with, and support for their rich local heritage.

Heritage Organisations

For the academic year 2016/17,  Carousel have secured funds from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver ‘Stories from the Landscape’, an ambitious community heritage project in partnership with Stoke Canon C of E Primary School and National Trust Killerton.

The project will look at features in the landscape of the Killerton estate, focusing on the traditionally managed orchards, the Iron Age site of Dolbury Hillfort, and Killerton gardens with its collection of plants and trees from around the world.   All three sites reveal important and exciting stories about the local heritage and are examples of how the landscape has been shaped by people in the past.  The sites will be explored in three six week projects, one per term, through site visits, workshops, living history activities and events. Please see ‘Stories from the Landscape’


Our experienced heritage educators work collaboratively with teachers, pupils and families to create and embed a body of heritage learning into the school program. We will engage pupils through a range of creative workshops, developing their enquiry skills and enjoyment of their local heritage. We will work collaboratively with the teachers, developing their understanding of how the historic landscape can be used as an engaging learning resource and work with families, stimulating their appreciation of the local heritage.

Over 2013-15 The Carousel Project have been involved in two local heritage projects providing creative learning workshops for 2-7 year old’s on the local iron working industry of the Blackdown Hills. We have developed play packs and lesson ideas to accompany a new book ‘Noni the Blacksmith’ which you can view and listen to here. We developed our play pack activities in partnership with Hemyock Primary School Early Years and Key Stage 1 children.

“It [the arts based approach] did improve the level of engagement as the facts that came through the story telling were reinforced through art and dance. This gave all children a chance to learn no matter how they learn (aurally, visually or kinesthetically).”       Stuart Ridge, Key Stage 1 teacher, All Saints Primary School

“The learning aspect was so well thought out and the children loved it!” Jo Portway, Chard Library Worker.

Please see Blackdowns Metal Makers


As part of ‘National Take Over Day 2016’, organised by Kids in Museums, Carousel artists worked collaboratively with very small children and their parents/carers, where together they created a space to play and explore, inspired by things found in the museums. Local families brought their ideas, energy and creativity to help Carousel artists look at things from a unique perspective.


“This has been absolutely fantastic – you only need to watch the kids! Masses of really simple stuff that they are just fascinated by.  A wonderful energy and creativity. I can’t get my 2 year old grandson away today. But then why would I?” Grandmother and Grandson

If you would like a Carousel artist and our heritage educator to visit your school in Devon or Somerset to offer a participatory creative learning workshop for EYFS/Key Stage 1, please contact heritage@thecarouselproject.org.uk for more information.