Schools all over the country are exploring the way people use their creativity in using the English language to describe their relationship to places. These materials were produced by the English Project for English Language Day 2010, when the theme was the Language of Place and Communities. Together with the education staff of the Hampshire Archives, we have introduced school pupils to a selection of old maps of their school area, showing changes over long periods of time, and encouraged them to consider why place names occur as they do, what they mean, and how they change. Although created for schools in Hampshire, the approaches which they adopt could easily be adapted for use anywhere.
Theatre Sleuth at The Theatre Royal, Winchester, was part of events laid on for English Language Day by the English Project. Children enjoyed being language detectives in a theatre and discovering the names and functions of parts of the theatre.