Learning Locally: Part Two

Brick Lane Bookshop © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane Bookshop                                                                             © 3Di Associates Photography

The richness of any local area is partly due to the engagement of the learner. A child is interested in a tree at the bottom of their street because they pass it every day. A child looks at a building and begins to form a view on it due to its familiarity rather than its architectural construct.

As educators, as parents and carers, we have a duty to enable children to open their eyes and explore the vastness of what their immediate world offers. We can then hold them by the hand, guiding and facilitating their learning, as they journey from the surroundings and experience of their own worlds to the incredible wealth of our planet.

In this post, we’d like to share some photographs from one local environment, principally for our readers to see a small part of the city which is somewhat undiscovered but also to show the wealth of learning opportunities within the short space of a few streets.

For additional photographs, please go to our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/3Di-Multiple-Intelligences/299769736707870

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Religion in Shoreditch

St. Leonard's Church© 3Di Associates Photography

St. Leonard’s Church                                                                    © 3Di Associates Photography

http://shoreditchchurch.wordpress.com/ The BBC comedy “Rev” was filmed here but that is only part of its vibrant history. Inside the church, there’s an eclectic mixture of artefacts, with memorials to the war dead, and gothic style Victorian clocks, as well as currently being able to see the original bell – built by John Warner and Sons with links to the famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry, who made the bells of Big Ben as well as the one used at the London Olympics 2012. http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/

Interior of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch.© 3Di Associates Photography

Interior of St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch                                                                © 3Di Associates Photography

Where does this column style come from? Why is the paint peeling?

It is autumn; not without But within me is the cold. Youth and spring are all about; It is I that have grown old. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – from “Autumn Within”

Stocks at St. Leonard's © 3Di Associates Photography

Stocks at St. Leonard’s                                                                             © 3Di Associates Photography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stocks

Brick Lane Jamme Masjid Mosque © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane Jamme Masjid Mosque                                                © 3Di Associates Photography

This fascinating building epitomises the religious and cultural changes in the area. Starting life as a French Protestant church for the Huguenot refugees, in 1809 it became a Wesleyan Chapel. At the end of that century it became the “Spitalfields Great Synagogue” and in 1976 became the Mosque that we see today.

http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk/

http://www.bricklanejammemasjid.co.uk/content/HISTORY.pdf

Women's entrance to the mosque © 3Di Associates Photography

Women’s entrance to the mosque                                                            © 3Di Associates Photography

http://www.mpacuk.org/story/240312/true-role-muslim-women.html

Artwork in Shoreditch

Near Shoreditch Train Station © 3Di Associates Photography

Near Shoreditch Train Station                            © 3Di Associates Photography

“The hedgehog gives nothing
Away, keeping itself to itself.
We wonder what a hedgehog
Has to hide, why it so distrusts.”
Paul Muldoon
Sclater Street, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Sclater Street, Shoreditch                                                                    © 3Di Associates Photography

Old Nichol Street, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Old Nichol Street, Shoreditch                                 © 3Di Associates Photography

Note the date. New art is emerging all the time. Creativity is alive.

Club Row, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Club Row, Shoreditch                                                 © 3Di Associates Photography

Who owns these walls to paint on? Is it graffiti or art? Is a Banksy more important than an anonymous artist?

Mosaic, Brick Lane, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Mosaic, Brick Lane, Shoreditch                                                  © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Flowers in Brick Lane © 3Di Associates Photography

Flowers in Brick Lane                                                                  © 3Di Associates Photography

Changing use of Buildings in Shoreditch

Mosque © 3Di Associates Photography

Mosque © 3Di Associates Photography

Old Nichol Street, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Old Nichol Street, Shoreditch                            © 3Di Associates Photography

As with so many buildings in London, this shop started life as a pub. Public houses were once the heart of a community. It’s so sad to see them losing their fight for existence but at least these grand buildings aren’t being torn down.

http://www.derelictlondon.com/east-london.html

Shoreditch High Street © 3Di Associates Photography

Shoreditch High Street                                                                 © 3Di Associates Photography

We wonder whether the ironworks made the gates for the church. If so, were they commissioned or were they a generous gift?

More Buildings in Shoreditch

Old and New, Shoreditch High Street © 3Di Associates Photography

Old and New, Shoreditch High Street                                                    © 3Di Associates Photography

Old meets new above the skyline of Spitalfields Market

http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/

Brick Lane © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane                                                        © 3Di Associates Photography

Many of the buildings in Shoreditch and around Spitalfields now house Asian restaurants. There’s also a history of accessory manufacturing and tailoring. What will be the future use of these buidlings?

© 3Di Associates Photography

© 3Di Associates Photography

Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch  © 3Di Associates Photography

Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch                                          © 3Di Associates Photography

Arnold Circus, Shoreditch © 3Di Associates Photography

Arnold Circus, Shoreditch                                                  © 3Di Associates Photography

One of the original social housing developments in the UK, Arnold Circus and its impressive Victorian buildings is worth a visit.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kvkw6

http://foac.org.uk/page/2/

More Points of Interest in Shoreditch

Eastern influence, Shoreditch High Street © 3Di Associates Photography

Eastern influence, Shoreditch High Street                                          © 3Di Associates Photography

Look up in the city and you will see another world that you never knew existed. We do this when visiting other cities throughout the world, so why don’t we do enough to explore our own?

The changing nature of Lamposts in London© 3Di Associates Photography

The changing nature of Lamposts in London           
© 3Di Associates Photography

Multiculturalism © 3Di Associates Photography

Multiculturalism © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane © 3Di Associates Photography

Brick Lane © 3Di Associates Photography

http://www.heba.org.uk/

Life © 3Di Associates Photography

Life © 3Di Associates Photography

Life

For one minute

Walk outside,

Stand there,

In silence,

Look up at the sky,

And contemplate

How amazing life is.

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About 3D Eye

Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/ or see our website at www.3diassociates.com.
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