Colonial Countryside is a child-led writing and history project in partnership with Peepal Tree Press and the National Trust in association with Writing East Midlands. The project assembles authors, historians and primary pupils to explore country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. It commissions, resources and publishes new writing.
100 primary children have visited 11 National Trust houses. Each child has crafted fiction and short essays to present to live, print and digital audiences. Peepal Tree will publish new books, including an illustrated book of commissioned writing and historical commentaries.
The project aims to make country houses’ colonial connections widely known. Colonial Countryside also helps the next generation of archivists, curators, historians and writers to gain expertise in the topic.
You can read lots more about the project by clicking here
Press play to hear Dr Corinne Fowler talk all about the project to BBC Radio Leicester.