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Ahoy there! The Little Time Travellers strike again!

Published: 05/06/2017

Flintshire Record Office in Hawarden welcomed 13 intrepid pirates to a Little Time Travellers’ Pirate Party recently. The pirates, including one baby, came along with their parents and enjoyed discovering history through fun, pictures, stories, craft and music. The Record Office has been running Little Time Travellers events for some time, previous sessions include transport, farming, holidays and food. Claire Harrington, Prinicpal Archivist for Flintshire County Council explained how it all started: “Some colleagues went on a training course and came back enthused about getting pre-school children interested in history. We welcome lots of schools to the Record Office, usually older junior and secondary school children who are doing history projects but we also wanted to spark the imaginations of our younger children, to plant the seed at an early age. We obtained funding from Welsh Government for materials to run these sessions and the children – and their parents - seem to love them.” Sue Copp, Archive Assistant and Chief Pirate for the day, said: “Today is a fun look at the history of our area and the River Dee, using games, singing songs, making peg doll pirates and treasure islands! We mix facts with fun and we find, when they come back to see us with their school, they are keen to share with us what they’ve learnt in history at school.” The sessions run every school holiday – so keep a look out for the next session which will be in the summer holidays. The Record Office houses Flintshire’s unique archives which are available for anyone with an interest in the past, whether it be their family history, local history, school or college assignments or the history of their house.