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15. Module 2 continued.

Exercise

Look carefully at the image below:  

  1. What do you see, notice, wonder? 
  1. What questions do you have about it? 
  1. What possible lines of enquiry might you take? 
  1. What possible outcome might your enquiry have? What end products might you make?  

You might want to print out the Take One Picture approach sheet and use it to record your ideas. 

TH/1/31, Newcastle University Special Collections 

There are no right or wrong answers to any of the above. Some of the things you may have come up with are: 

  1. What do you see, notice, wonder? (Some men and boys, a horse, a cart on rails, a crane) 
  1. What questions do you have about it? (Who are the people in the picture? What are they doing? Why are there no women or girls? Where are they? When was this image drawn? Who drew it and why? What is being loaded or unloaded from the cart? Why does the pony look sad? Why is there someone crouched in the bottom right hand corner?) 
  1. What possible lines of enquiry might you take? (Coal Mining – jobs in the mines, children in the mines, animals in the industrial revolution, conditions in the mines, inventions, transport, changes over time, evidence of mining in our community today, illustrations/sketching techniques). 
  1. What possible outcome might your enquiry have? What end products might you make? (a report into conditions in the mines, a working model of a crane, a display or exhibition about our local mining heritage, a piece of persuasive writing about improving conditions in the mines, a play about working in the mines, an interview with an ex-miner, a leaflet about pit ponies with pencil illustrations). 

The line of enquiry might be very different to the original content. If you start with this image, the line of enquiry doesn’t necessarily have to be related to mining. For example, it might be an opportunity to do an art project on sketching or printing, a textiles project Victorian clothing, or a project on animal welfare.

Reflection

Were you familiar with the Take One Picture approach before completing this module? Is it an approach you think you might use?