Local history is the inspiration behind a colourful new art project at a Tyneside Metro station.
Year Three and Year Four Pupils from St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School in Gateshead have created a series drawings depicting the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead in 1854
The artwork has been turned into posters which are on display at Gateshead Stadium Metro station.
The pupils were actively involved in a history programme at school, which has enabled them to learn about local historic events. The class was inspired to explore and learn more about the great fire of October 6, 1854, which started in a factory on the Gateshead riverfront and went on to claim 53 lives.
They used pastels to create the colourful posters, which are on display in the ticketing area and platforms at Gateshead Stadium.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “The pupils’ artwork is a timely reminder of what was a big disaster to befall Tyneside in the mid nineteenth century. We were delighted to work with the school children on this project. The posters celebrate community spirit and show that young people are proud of their local area and its heritage.”
Bridges ward councillor, Bob Goldsworthy, said: “As a school governor at St Wilfrid’s I attended the viewing of the artwork and the pupils’ pride in their artwork was clear to see. I would like to congratulate all school staff for their work with the pupils and Nexus for their commitment to working with local schools and communities. They clearly made everyone’s day.”