Green School exhibits artistic ideas for Brentford Bridge

The Brentford Bridge Project has taken on a potentially new arts partner in the shape of The Green School Trust.

Published: Monday, 16th December 2019

Tisiha and Elvin from The Green School show their ideas for decorating Brentford Bridge to James Marshall, Susie Johns, and Audrey Douglas.

A group of Year 8 students from the Green School for Girls and The Green School for Boys have been making their own suggestions as to what the artwork could look like on the new Brentford Bridge when it gets its full make over early next year.   

This week, James Marshall, Hounslow Council’s resident historian, and an expert on Brentford Bridge, made a huge impact on the school children when he visited the school and gave them an hour long presentation on the bridge’s history, intertwined with incredible historical detail dating back to the Roman era. Amongst other things, they built the famous A4 road which ran from Brentford to Staines, and now considered as one of the most important roads in the history of Britain. 

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: ‘Clearly as a Syon Councillor who lives in Brentford, this is a subject very close to my heart.  No one is more knowledgeable than James Marshall on this subject, so the Green School Trust were treated to a great insight.  I am really pleased the children have taken the decoration of the bridge to their hearts and have already come up with some wonderful ideas about nature and bird life which, hopefully will form the basis of the new artwork”. 

Audrey Douglas, Assistant Headteacher of the Green School for Girls said: “A big thanks to Cllr Curran for sponsoring the project and to James Marshall for coming along and making this really insightful presentation. Susie John, a local artist was also on hand to show the children how to draw flora and fauna in their images and she was really helpful too.  I know both teams from the girls and boys schools were really enthralled by what they heard this week.  My task now, is to make sure the children do the best job they can, in coming up with some of their artistic ideas”. 

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