We are looking for educators interested in joining our research team, or working alongside them, to develop lesson plans and educational materials for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which explore Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary.

Norwich Schools of Sanctuary, New Routes, Old Roots (Anglia Ruskin University), The Common Lot and Amnesty International are collaborating to organise a day of action in schools across Norfolk on Friday 20th April 2018. Norfolk Welcomes will kick off the Amnesty International Football Welcomes weekend.

Norfolk Welcomes will see schools across the county deliver assemblies and lessons to raise awareness of the experiences of displaced people such and to connect pupils with Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary and refuge.

For the day of action, a team of citizen researchers will work alongside educators to conduct new research, and to develop educational resources for primary and secondary schools.
The research will centre on three themes:

  • Canaries, books and beer: the legacy of the Strangers (16th century Dutch and Flemish refugees)
  • Norwich’s history as a city of sanctuary: an examination of different waves of refugee migration over the centuries
  • The Canaries & Tony Gallego: Norwich City FC’s links to local refugee history (Spanish Civil War)

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For more information about Norfolk Welcomes please visit www.norwichschoolsofsanctuary.org


The project has a relatively tight deadline and will require some commitment by participating educators.

The project will be broken into 2 stages:

Stage 1: Dec-January 2018

  • Attend a group meeting to learn more about the project. If you are interested you will be assigned to 1 of 3 specific areas of Norfolk migration history.
  • Access the shared research on google drive and become familiarised with your historical area

Stage 2: Feb-April 2018

  • Attend a workshop in late February at which:
    • The research team will share their findings
    • Ideas for resources and lessons plans will be developed
  • Produce a lesson plan or lesson plans for your historical area (end of March)


  • Attend a large group meeting for citizen researchers and educators ( December)
  • Work with researchers at a workshop to develop lesson plans (February)
  • Work independently to create a lesson plan/plans (end of March)

We will have a meeting at the Garnett Wolseley (Norwich Market Place), from 7.30-9.30 on Wednesday, 6th December, where we will:

  • Introduce the project
  • Discuss research areas and teams
  • Discuss research strategy
  • Have a drink and share our ideas about this exciting new project.

If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Jake Brown info@norwichschoolsofsanctuary.org

If you are interested in also being a citizen researcher please visit our website for more information about the research process.