Data publikacji środa 08 marzec 2017

Interview de Kate Hickmott, consultante en éducation, Brighton, Angleterre

Le réseau clunisien, c'est avant-tout les femmes et les hommes qui le font vivre ! Kate Hickmott, qui travaille en lien avec les sites clunisiens anglais de Lewes et Dudley, est très active au sein de notre réseau. Elle nous livre ici quelques mots sur "son" Cluny, sa vision, son travail...

Selon vous, Kate, en quoi est-ce important d’initier les jeunes générations à l’épopée clunisienne ?

I think the most important and incredible thing about the Cluniac network is that it existed for over 500 years across such a wide geographical area. This is an important concept for young people to understand as we have many long term global issues to face today such as poverty and climate change. Like the Cluniacs we have it in our grasp to embark on projects that last long term over a large area.

The Cluniac network challenges our ideas that 1000 years ago people lived a very « local » life. There were strong links between Cluny and its dependencies and people travelled long distances. Even within a country like Great Britain there were links between the south of England (Lewes), the Midlands (Dudley and Much Wenlock) , the North (Barnsley and Pontefract) and Scotland (Paisley). We need to re-establish and strengthen these links today. It is wonderful to feel part of such a wide European network and young people today crave that sense of belonging. We are all stronger when we unite.

The Cluniacs were instrumental in promoting the extraordinary skills of craftspeople, architects, stone carvers and stained glass window makers. Their constructions were huge even by today’s standards and show what beauty and excellence can be achieved with vision and will. These lessons are as valid today as they were in the past. Young people today need to understand their history in a local, national and international context and the Cluniac network provides the perfect framework for this. We all feel a strong sense of isolation in modern times and exploring and valuing the pan-European links of the Cluniac network can act as a potent answer to these concerns.

Kate, vous êtes au cœur du projet Cluny Kids de la Fédération Européenne des Sites Clunisiens. Pourriez-vous nous détailler quelques actions concrètes menées sur le terrain avec les enfants ?

At Lewes Priory we first concentrated on explaining the local significance of the Priory to local school children.

Children in Lewes have little understanding of the lives of monks and the layout of a monastery with all that was required in monastic daily life. In order to explain these in a fun way we devised a board game - A Monk’s Life- where monk figures move around the Priory completing a series of tasks. We also have an audio drama- performed by actors- that brings to life the jobs that servants at the Priory would have done.

We run on-site workshops on various aspects of monastic life- making herb ointments and teas; maths exercises measuring areas of the Priory; mapping and compass exercises looking at the layout of the Priory. We work with teachers to devise activities that they require and that complement the work they are doing with their students.

Cluny Kids is such an exciting project as we are able to exchange resources between countries and begin to devise resources that reflect the pan-European nature of the Cluniac network.

Kate Hickmott

Envie d'en savoir plus sur les sites clunisiens d'Angleterre ? Rejoignez en septembre le séjour La Face cachée des monastères d'Angleterre ! Toutes les infos sur le site dans la partie Destinations Clunisiennes.