Map Makers project May - June - July 2010

Kensington is a fascinating area of London, alive and buzzing with history and heritage around every street corner.

This website aims to look at how the local area between High Street Kensington Kensington Palace and Fox Primary (RBKC) in Notting Hill has been affected by the palace and its royal residents, from its construction in 1689 to the present day.

Year 5 students from Fox Primary School (RBKC) have worked with the education team at Kensington Palace to create this interactive website with markers showing information about buildings, public spaces, road names and famous people from the local area that have a connection with the palace.

Students were split up into 10 groups and each given a different area of the map between their school and the palace to investigate.

They then collected information and researched the history of the local area through visits to Kensington Palace and the Local Studies Library at Kensington Central Library. They also took part in an illustration workshop which developed their illustration skills with map illustrator David Atkinson, to help them with their own drawings to go alongside the text for each of their markers on the map.

We hope you enjoy exploring.

About Kensington Palace

First adapted for royal residence in 1689 by Sir Christopher Wren, Kensington Palace has been host to the courts of William III and Mary II, Queen Anne, George I and George II and was the birth-place of Queen Victoria. In more recent times the palace has been a much loved home for members of the royal family including Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, both of whom have played their part in transforming Kensington into a fashionable royal residence. Kensington Palace is part of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that also looks after the Tower of London, Banqueting House, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace.

For more information about Kensington Palace please go to www.hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace

About Fox Primary

Fox Primary is a co-education state primary school for 4-11 year olds with approx 313 students. It is located on Kensington Place near Notting Hill Gate. The project worked with both classes from Year 5 and their teachers.

For more information about Fox Primary please go to www.fox.rbkc.sch.uk

Thank you!

This website could not have been achieved without the help of the following people:

  • The students and teachers in Year 5, Fox Primary School www.fox.rbkc.sch.uk/
  • Dave Walker and team at the RBKC Local Studies Library www.rbkc.gov.uk/virtualmuseum
  • David Atkinson from Hand Made Maps Ltd www.handmademaps.com
  • Mark Danson, website designer - www.markdanson.com
  • This project was funded as part of a grant to the Kensington Palace Education Service from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    For more information about Kensington Palace please go to www.hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace