Dawn House School students exhibit photos exploring Mansfield’s industrial past

Students from I CAN’s Dawn House School, in year 10 and the Further Education department exhibited their photography work throughout June at Ravenshead Library in Nottingham as part of a project to explore Mansfield’s industrial past.

The Dawn House School project focused on the mining industry in the Mansfield area. The students were asked to document the coal mining past through digital photography. They chose Mansfield, Teversal, Clipstone and Pleasley as locations of interest and through interviews, research and visits produced the images on display at Ravenshead Library.

Amir, a Year 14 FE student said, “I’m from London – there aren’t too many pits down there, so it was a new experience for me!”

Thomas, a Year 10 pupil said, “It was great to try and experience what it would have been like as a miner.”

Angela Child, Principal of Dawn House School, said, “We are thrilled that our student’s work was on public display in Ravenshead Library. Clearly photography is an area in which our students excel, so to have their own exhibition exploring the local history is fantastic. Many of our students, who have severe and complex speech, language and communication needs, have often struggled at school before they come to Dawn House. It is wonderful to utilise the talents they have and to build their self esteem by providing them with opportunities to succeed in their school work.”

See the gallery of their work, here:

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