In 2016, we began a long-term collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces who keep stories alive at six incredible palaces, including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court.
In March 2017 classes across three key stages read books with stories connected to Tower of London: ‘These Dark Wings’ by John Owen Theobald, ‘Raven Boy’ by Pippa Goodhart and ‘A Walk in London’ by Salvatore Rubbino.
The authors and teachers came together to co-plan schemes of work around the books, ahead of each class encountering their author for a workshop and tour of the Tower – bringing the stories to life while deepening understanding of the Tower’s history.
In 2018 this project will continue, with 30 classes from primary, secondary and SEND schools from around the UK reading books related to both the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, before meeting their authors at the sites for interactive workshops during Pop Up’s National Festival in June.
In January 2017 HRP also hosted and supported our first ever professional development day for children’s authors, held at Hampton Court Palace, where 60 children’s writers and illustrators took part in expert-led sessions to develop their education practice. 98% of those authors said they “learned something new” and expressed demand for more CPD opportunities in the future.
The Author Development Day will run for a second time in January 2018, with Historic Royal Palaces kindly hosting the day at the Tower of London.
Pop Up also delivered a short talk at HRP’s ‘Relevance’ conference in 2017, while HRP have run sessions as part of Pop Up’s Author Development Day, and attended Pop Up Lab 2017.