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Today we have the first of our our workshops with local groups. First up are the Civic Society, people from the Renaissance Town Team and pupils and staff from Woodlands School. On Saturday we’re working with tots and parents from Skylark Day Nursery and hopefully a local Girl Guides group. We also have the renaissance Urban Space Group pencilled in for sometime soon and an event with creative coast network on 10th November.

We have a few ‘tasks’ for the adult groups based around cognitive mapping in which we hope to discover some of the common landmarks and routes people use in navigating Scarborough – we’ll be asking them to take a mental journey without the aid of maps and describe the route. We’re also keen to develop a picture of how people identify or name the various areas of town – official and historical identifiers plus colloquial names. We’ll be doing this from memory and then with some de-labelled maps to scribble on.

Workshops with younger people involve a challenge to see if they can work out how to get from one place to another (using photos, above, as prompts), a walk around some less-travelled parts of town and a quiz to see what they remembered. There’ll be nice things to sup and nibble on for adults and young folks alike! Participants will also have opportunity to ask questions about the project, it’s aims, philosophy and our findings and ideas so far.

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