What is Century of Change?

Karen Merrifield

Karen Merrifield

Karen is a highly experienced heritage learning consultant and evaluator. She is one of the co-leads of Century of Change.

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Innovate Educate and Creative Learning Partnerships are delighted to be project leads for Century of Change, part of the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership project.

Over a three-year period, from September 2020 to September 2023, Century of Change will work with 15 primary schools, cultural and heritage partners and community groups to reimagine Sherwood Forest as a rich learning resource. Together we will create high quality learning resources and experiences that explore the Forest’s history from 1850 to 1950 focusing on:

  • Gardens
  • Mills
  • Mines
  • Transport
  • War

Over the three years we will work alongside primary schools, local heritage groups, artists, cultural partners, community groups and heritage specialists. By the end of the project, participating schools will have:  

  • The skills to conduct a doorstep historical enquiry using maps, photographs and other relevant documents  
  • A bank of tailored creative activities for pupils to engage with their local heritage
  • Access to integrated school visits, talks, performances and workshops.

There is enormous potential to create something unique and to change the way young people engage with the area around them.

Years 2 and 3 of the project will culminate in a conference or celebration. A key project aim is a legacy that sees schools able to take the learning forward through established partnerships when the project ends.  

Project plan

  • Consultation with representatives from the education, cultural and heritage sectors to determine what provision and resources are already in place
  • Consultation with schools to find out what structure would complement curriculum development within primary school
  • A programme of community research/development  
  • Training and support for teachers wishing to bring local history to life through the arts
  • Upskilling local community and history groups to work effectively within primary schools  
  • Piloting of work within targeted schools and production of teaching packs
  • Improved awareness of the  five themes (Gardens, Mills, Mines, Transport and War).  

Project management

Century of Change is led by Karen Merrifield, Innovate Educate Ltd, and Colin Jackson, Creative Learning Partnerships. Karen is a highly experienced heritage learning consultant and evaluator. Colin has worked as an arts adviser and cultural education consultant.  



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‘Century of Change’ is about inspiring children and staff in primary schools and their communities to engage, care for, learn about and celebrate their natural and cultural heritage.