Deputy Mayor celebrates London History Schools Day at Willow Brook Primary School

London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney visited Willow Brook Primary School to celebrate London History Schools Day.


Joanne and Grace Williams, Waltham Forest Council Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, joined pupils for a series of fun activities run by the Museum of London as Willow Brook children dressed up as their favourite iconic Londoner and helped to bring history to life.


At Willow Brook Primary, pupils attended an assembly to learn about the people who live, and have lived, in London through personal objects including old theatre tickets, books and stuffed animals. Joanne also judged the competition for the best dressed iconic Londoner.


London History Schools Day aims to inspire young Londoners to learn more about the city’s cultural heritage and communities, with children encouraged to dress up as a wide range of inspiring Londoners, such as David Bowie, Bernie Grant and Millicent Fawcett.


This year the theme was celebration and local culture, in support of the Mayor’s London Is Open campaign and his first London Borough of Culture – Waltham Forest.



Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, said: “London History Schools Day is a wonderful way to inspire our young people to learn about the rich heritage of our city. It’s important that we all celebrate London’s amazing history, people and places, and I am very impressed with how the pupils at Willow Brook Primary School have embraced the spirit of the day.”


Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in Waltham Forest said: “We are really pleased to celebrate with Willow Brook primary today. In the Borough of Culture year, we have seen children and young people from across the borough participate in a range of cultural projects, with strong support from schools and colleges. This has included drawing inspiration from local artists with a global reputation, some of them from the past like William Morris and Alfred Hitchcock and some who are bang up to date like Matthew Bourne, Zara Hussein, Damon Albarn and local Grime artists born and bred in the borough.”


Graham Clifford, Head Master, Willow Brook Primary School, said: “Willow Brook Primary School loves London History Day. It is an opportunity to dress-up, have fun and celebrate being Londoners! It is such a treat to see Reception pupils dressed as Queen Victorias, Year 2 David Bowies, Year 4 Henry VIIIs and of course suffragettes, politicians and artists. And then all the teachers and support staff wow us with their costumes! London History Day is the most wonderful opportunity to remind our entire community of our shared history and come together to celebrate London. This event has become a proud tradition of the school which we all look forward to.”

For the Guardian Newspaper article on this event, click here.