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Westminster Cathedral

Roman Catholic Primary School

Founded by
The Jesuit Fathers circa 1849

Year 6 Oral History Project - Sherbert Dab

In collaboration with digital:works [Sav Kyriacou & Matthew Rosenberg] and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Unite, Sherbet Dab is an oral history project focusing on the London Cabbie. Working with arts and education charity digital:works, children from St George the Martyr and Westminster Cathedral primary schools have explored this history, writing about it and also filming interviews with London cabbies for a unique oral history documentary film. 

As part of the project the young people visited the London Transport Museum and Acton Depot; they drove around in vintage taxis; met with older London cabbies; learnt oral history techniques and how to film interviews; and created the writing for a booklet and their online blog. The writing and drawings within the booklet is a mixture of creative pieces, imagined diaries, poems and accounts all inspired by the children’s research and meetings with London cabbies.

To see the film the children made, read the booklet and the blog please visit

http://www.sherbetdab.org.uk/index.html

It is well worth the drive!

"Arts and education charity digital:works has been working with two London primary schools, the London Transport Museum, Unite and cabbies themselves to uncover the history and stories from the lives of cabbies. We have explored the history of the taxi from the perspective of the people who have been driving them for hundreds of years but with particular emphasis on those driving today as well as retired cabbies.

Year 6 children from St George the Martry and Westminster Cathedral Primary Schools worked with historians at the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton to explore the history of the industry. A historian presented this history along with veteran taxi driver Alf Townsend and Unite Education Officer and former cabbie Danny Freeman. Members of the London Vintage Taxi Association came along to show the children cabs dating from the 1930s to the present day, also giving them free rides!"