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Lincolnshire schools set to get knighted 19 Jul

The Lincoln Knights' Trail is taking place from May - September to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest, and it follows the success of last year's Lincoln Barons' Charter Trail.

The EBP, a Lincoln-based social enterprise, is delighted to have been appointed as the trail's official education partner. In partnership with Wild in Art, one of the leading creative producers of mass-appeal public art events, The EBP has created an education programme to complement the trail and embed Lincolnshire's local history into the school curriculum. As part of their involvement in the education programme, all participating schools will receive their very own half-size knight to decorate and keep as part of their involvement in this unique project.

The EBP's Phil Everett, said: "We're delighted to be the trail's official education partner. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Lincolnshire schools to learn more about Lincoln's historical importance, whilst also showcasing their creativity."

Monks Abbey Primary School in Lincoln was the first school to sign up and take part in the programme. The school's headteacher, Vicky Johnson, said: "We are thrilled and excited to be the first school to sign up for the Knights' Trail education programme. We are hoping that the recent Barons' Trail will inspire our children to create a fantastic knight which will be displayed across Lincoln and will take pride of place in our school."

The education programme will be launched at next year's Lincolnshire Show on 21 and 22 June, where the half-sized knights will form a mini trail around the Lincolnshire Showground. The knights will then be moved to cultural and prominent venues across the city of Lincoln where they will be displayed until September, complementing the main full-sized trail.

Jayne Southall, CEO at Lincolnshire Showground, said: "We are excited to be working with The EBP to launch the knights' education trail at the 2017 Lincolnshire Show. We have a number of educational areas and activities at the show, and we're hopeful that the trail will encourage even more schools to visit and take part, as well as adding another interactive, fun element to the show for children and adults alike."

Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive of Lincoln BIG, said: "Excitement is already starting to build about the Knights' Trail in 2017 and we're looking forward to schools being involved which will bring a whole new dimension to the trail!"

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director at Wild in Art, added: "Our education programmes aim to help schools harness the power of creativity in cross-curricular learning. Together with The EBP, we're looking forward to taking Lincolnshire's young people on a journey of discovery using the knight sculpture as a canvas to unite visual art and local history."

If you know of a school that would like to be involved or are a venue in Lincoln city centre interested in hosting a half-sized knight, please get in touch with The EBP on 01522 574100.

For more information, please visit www.the-ebp.co.uk/knights

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