Kent Schools Receive Blitz DVD

Almost 1000 schools in Kent will receive a copy of the Canterbury Blitz DVD, a 42-minute multimedia educational resource and teaching aid about the local environment and the Second World War.
Funded by the National Lottery and Kent Local Education Authority, the DVD – created using computer models and animations, archive film, photographs, documents and maps – follows a successful series of workshops in local schools run as a collaboration between the Department of Electronics and the School of Film, Drama and Visual Arts at the University of Kent. The Museum of Canterbury, local historians and residents of Canterbury during the Second World War also made a significant contribution to the project.
Ian Coulson, History Advisor for Kent Local Education Authority, said, ‘As part of a Big Lottery Fund project all Kent schools will receive a copy of this DVD that brings together a unique collection of resources about the Canterbury blitz. It is sure to both enliven lessons and reconstruct for pupils the harsh reality of the event.’
John Batchelor, Lecturer in Electronic Engineering and director of the project, said, ‘The Canterbury Blitz DVD has arisen from the exceptional enterprise of our final year Multimedia Technology and Design students. Working with Kent Local Education Authority has provided a great opportunity to improve links between the University and local schools, and I’m looking forward to future multimedia projects with them.’
Canterbury Blitz was showcased to the general public during the three day XtremeMedia event hosted by the Department of Electronics at the University’s Canterbury campus in June 2005.