In Search of Sir Robert Hart: Hart Memorial School documentary

In Search Of Sir Robert Hart

An NLHF-funded project (2018-2019) supported Primary 7 pupils at Hart Memorial Primary School to learn more about Sir Robert Hart, and to tell his story through making a pair of documentary films.

The project was featured on Your Place And Mine on BBC Radio Ulster (from 36’15”) in May 2019.

The Hart Memorial documentary project

Hart Memorial Primary School opened in Hart’s birthplace of Portadown in 1935, nearly a quarter-century after Hart’s death in 1911.

The Hart Memorial P7s of 2017/18 produced a twelve-minute short documentary about Hart.

In 2018/19, two classes of P7s at Hart Memorial developed the project into an extended thirty-minute film. From November 2018 to May 2019, the P7s of Hart Memorial Primary studied not only their school’s namesake but also Chinese culture. The pupils came to Queen’s in 2019 to interview researchers including Emma Reisz and Aglaia De Angeli for their film, and to view the Hart Collection at Queen’s.

Katie Leeper’s blog post about the project has more.

Hart Memorial - Leeper
Katie Leeper of the Hart Project at Hart Memorial Primary School, 11 February 2019

About the film: In Search of Sir Robert Hart

The half-hour documentary film made by the Hart Memorial pupils, In Search of Sir Robert Hart, tells the story of Hart’s journey from Portadown to Beijing. The film will be premiered at the Queen’s Film Theatre on 31 May 2019.

In Search of Sir Robert Hart is intended not only to increase knowledge of Hart in Northern Ireland, but also to help the children of Hart Memorial develop a deeper understanding of the history of both their school and their town, and their connections to the wider world.

Project credits

The Hart Memorial Primary School documentary project was led by Craigavon Historical Society with historical consultancy from the Sir Robert Hart Project at Queen’s University Belfast.

David Weir (Craigavon Historical Society): Project lead
Dr Emma Reisz (Queen’s University Belfast): Historical consultant
Lisa Duggan
: Project assistant
Katie Leeper (Queen’s University Belfast): Project assistant – student placement
MacNally (Hart Memorial Primary): Class teacher
Christopher Teggarty (Hart Memorial Primary): Class teacher
Paul MooreheadThomas Glass (Kettle of Fish): Film makers

With thanks to CRAICNI and to Special Collections at Queen’s University Belfast.

This project was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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