In this website and resource pack we take a close
look at George Bridgetower and his relationship
with Beethoven. We also examine other artists,
writers and musicians who were working at the same
time as Bridgetower, with a special focus on their
relationship to the anti-slavery movement.
The website and pack are designed to be used by
teachers of Citizenship, as well as History, Art,
English, Religious Studies and PSHE. In each
section, you will find an information sheet to
share with pupils, as well as a range of suggested
activities to support their learning. Rather than
containing whole lesson plans, the pack offers a
range of suggestions that you can mix and match as
you like, or use to supplement other activities.
This website provides many supporting materials,
including all activity-related music and video
clips, copies of images and worksheets. There is
also an interview with Julian Joseph, who composed
the jazz opera,Bridgetower - A Fable of
with libretto by Mike Phillips, for City of London
Festival's bicentennial commemoration of the
Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, and toured by
English Touring Opera.
This resource is part of a broader education
project developed by City of London Festival. It
included the exhibition,1807: The Life and Times of George Polgreen
held in the walkways of London's Tower Bridge,
along with storytelling, music and creative writing
workshops in secondary schools.