PEEL SOCIETY PRESENTATIONS TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS
The boys and girls at both schools dressed up in police uniforms, which are part of the Peel Museum collection at Middleton Hall.
Part of the National Curriculum for years 1 and 2 in primary schools is to study the place where the children live and the famous people who are associated with the area. One obvious person in Tamworth is Sir Robert Peel (1788 – 1850), who was M P for Tamworth, twice Home Secretary and Prime Minister and lived at Drayton Manor.
Nigel Morris, a committee member of the Peel Society, has devised a presentation for the children to try and explain why Sir Robert Peel is so famous and why there are twenty statues erected in his memory, including the one outside the Town Hall in Tamworth. He is principally known for the establishment of modern policing by the Metropolitan Police Act 1829, hence the nickname for police ’Bobbies’.
The Society has recently done presentations to Florendine School in Amington and Millfield School in Fazeley. The Society has a primary school pack for schools to use with their children after the presentation. This is part of the Society’s outreach programme to complement their bid for The Peel Museum at Middleton Hall to become an accredited museum.
Nigel Morris says” It is a privilege to tell these young people about the importance of Sir Robert Peel in British history and to try to engage with them to look at what our forbears achieved. I congratulate the schools on taking the initiative of using the resources of the Peel Society.”
Nigel Morris explaining how the Peels came to live at Drayton Manor