Saturday 22 March 2014
The ‘Let’s Play Stoolball!’ project was a long time coming. A Heritage Lottery Funded Primary Schools’ Project, it took over three years to come to fruition and started life during my MA in Life History Research and Oral History at Sussex University. My oral history based dissertation ‘Stoolball Through the Seasons: ‘it’s just not cricket” explored the importance of this medieval Sussex game to the women who play and was the inspiration for this cross-curricular education project.
The project objective was to get more children playing stoolball in school and to raise awareness of the rich history of a unique women’s sport. By demonstrating how the history of stoolball can be used as a resource for a cross-curricular education project my aim was to show schools how to think more creatively about the sports offered to their children.
With the support of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton, West Sussex, Gray-Nicolls in Robertsbridge and Uckfield Community College I was successful in winning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project started in February 2013 and ran throughout the school year.