Educational Workshop at St.James’ Park


Educational Workshop – Tuesday 14th May 2013


The rain didn’t stop play – our first “post renovation” history lesson in St.James’ Parkmanaged to take place despite a downpour.

Over 20 children and their parents found out more about the Park and its links to the past by listening to older peoples’ stories and from the artwork in the newly renovated Park. Many questions were asked of our guests: Don Smith, aged 85; Ken Conway, aged 90; and Arthur House, aged 93.

  • Don talked about his painting of what St.James’ Park (or “Shirley Rec” as it was then known) was like in 1934.
  • Ken shared more about the World War II origins of the Building as an ARP Report and Control Centre, and his own experience of a similar post in the Foundry Lane area.

Arthur shared his personal story of a special bench in the Park and how the students of Upper Shirley High School replaced his bench.Arthur also brought along a reporter from BBC Radio Solent, who were interviewing him about his football days playing for Southampton FC. The reporter also interviewed some of the children asking Arthur questions. After telling his story to all the children, Arthur had to rush off for his own interview.

Another busy day down at the Park!

Educational Workshop at St.James’ Park
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