Mural is history in the making
Published Friday, 24 August 2012
A stunning mural depicting the role of Polish troops in the Second World War has been unveiled at Biggar High School.
The work of art was completed by lower school students at Biggar High School in conjunction with street artist Frank Carty.
The students' inspiration came from their history lessons where they learned that Polish troops had been billeted in their school in October 1940.
And the hunt for more information led them to seek the help of local historian Charlie Rigg and his daughter Suzanne who is the curator of the local Moat and Gladstone Museums.
The students decided to record their findings in a narrative mural with street artist Frank Carty only too glad to help.
The young people had to employ their skills from several subject areas and to liaise with people in their local community. Best of all they had fun learning and now have a unique record of the work they have done for future generations to enjoy.
The project was run by South Lanarkshire Council's Cultural Coordinators and Home School Partnership and lasted 10 weeks and involved Lewis Barrie and Robert Hall from S3 and Nathan Gallant, Declan Little, Kyl Midgley, Darren Riddell and Fraser Wilson from S2.
Councillor Jean McKeown, the chair of the council's Education Resources Committee, said: "This has been a fantastic project from start to finish and it is great that the mural will be a lasting legacy of the pupils' hard work.
"It is certainly very eye catching and will hopefully encourage other pupils to research the history of their area."