Forever a school of freedom

13 September 2019 - 12:00

Forever a school of freedom: the Burston School strike
Friday 13 September, 12 - 2pm (film screening 12 - 1pm, talk 1 - 2pm) (film screening repeated 2 - 3pm)
The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ
The Burston School strike began when teachers at the village's Church of England school - Annie Higdon and her husband, Tom Higdon - were sacked after a dispute with the area's school management committee. The schoolchildren - led by Violet Potter - went on strike in their support. Encouraged by the community, the Higdons went on to set up an alternative school which was initially attended by 66 of their 72 former pupils. Beginning in a marquee on the village green, the school moved to a local carpenter's premises and later to a purpose-built school financed by donations from the labour movement. Burston Strike School carried on teaching local children until shortly after Tom's death in 1939.
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the strike’s conclusion with a curated selection of archival film, sound, photographs and documents that showcase the longest strike in history. Presented by the East Anglian Film Archive and the Norfolk Record Office. This free Heritage Open Days event is not ticketed.
For more information, please visit the East Anglian Film Archive website, email or call 01603 592664.

Free - Booking not needed
Archive Centre
(adjoining County Hall)
Martineau Lane
Category:Community and education
Contact: East Anglian Film Archive