Building a City of Literature extends the work of CRACL on the signature pedagogies of creative practitioners and uses arts apprenticeship and mentoring models which have been explored in CRACL research in order to develop local knowledge amongst pupils and teachers, using the arts as a means to develop a sense of value about place.

Teachers from three Nottingham city schools are working with creative practitioners from local arts company Sheep Soup, to support their pupils in researching, writing and performing plays about the communities in which their schools are located.

They will start by exploring some of the resources which have been developed as part of CRACL’s long-standing research partnership with community arts company Excavate. These include the scripts of two community plays, written by local playwright Andy Barrett.

The first play, Road to Bilborough, is a spy story about the friends and neighbours who migrated into a local council estate in the 1950s.

The second, A Lifetime Guarantee, was a play which resulted from a project which examined the history of the site of Nottingham’s former Raleigh factory (now the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus).

Performed by a community cast, both plays toured local venues to sell-out audiences. Both were based on the oral histories of those who lived and worked in the places they are about. The oral histories generated as part of the Raleigh project have been archived on the I Worked at Raleigh website, and this will provide further material for pupils and teachers to explore.