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Where in the World?
ImageHackney is an amazing mosaic made up of cultures from all over the world.  Where in the World is an easy way of learning about our own heritage and family history - and the best thing it is really good fun to do. Things that lots of us don't know are ....

how did your mum and dad meet if they were born in different countries, which country did your mum's mum live in before she came to England, where exactly is the place your dad was  born?  And what about our friends and their families?  All those things we've never got around to asking our grandparents - maybe this is a good time to get started!

ImageWhere in the World (WITW) uses an "information visualisation" technique and is a simple way of starting to answer some of our questions about ourselves.  Awards for All has provided us with Lottery Funding to run a series of pilots of WITW.  The idea is that a group of people gets together to do the project - it could be a class at school or an older person's club, any group could do it. After all, one thing we all have in common is that we were all born somewhere!   We might all be in the same country now, but there are different stories about how, when and why all of our families got to Hackney - and those stories are often amazing to discover and fantastic to share.

The world ...
Where in the World divides the whole world into fifteen regions.  Some are small, like Hackney; others are large, like Africa.  Each one has been given its own bright colour:  you can see the colours on the maps, or if you click here.  You will see that there are sixteen colours altogether, because there is an extra colour for when the answer to a question - about where someone in the family was born - is "Not Sure".

Each person tries to find out where they, their parents and their grandparents (so that is seven people in each family) were born.  Often the best way of finding out is to check with somebody else in your family.   Then we use the colours to make a chart that looks like this and this, with each person in the group having their own personal row on the chart.   And suddenly people discover all sorts of surprises, facts and coincidences about themselves and each other. 

Whether you use the magnetic board and colourful magnets to make the chart, or create a spreadsheet on the computer, you will end up with an amazing self-portrait of your group:  that can be used as a brilliant learning tool for schools in history, geography and ICT classes - or you can just sit back and admire the patterns you have made.  Your image might show how families have moved around the
... The British Isles ...
world at different times - and you can find out some of the reasons for those journeys.  It is fun to do whatever your age, and everyone gets to know each other a bit better than before.  You can find out a little more, and do a quiz, in issue 20.

.. Hackney
To take part in the TimeLine project it is important that the every chart is made up in the same way, using the same colours and information.  We use special ways of looking at the information - it's all so clear that, well, it's child's play!  

If  YOU want to collect up the information about your own family, please click here to get your own Family Fact File to fill in - then we can help teach you how to create a unique image for your group.   If you are interested in arranging a training session, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

We have made some Where in the World games and activities to stretch your geography (and numeracy and literacy and history!) skills.   If you would like to have a go, it will be handy if you open up these documents first: the Regional Rainbow shows you which colour we have given to each area of the world;  if you get stuck doing the games, Colourful Countries
has a list of every country in the world (we think) and shows you which colour we have given to each one.  So now you are ready to try out the games (which some people say are quite tricky, so don't worry if you get stuck).  Here are three games to try out - Words, Numbers and History.  If you would like to know if you got the answers right, or if you would like to try some more, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  And - once you have got the hang of it - why not make up your own games too?   Have fun!

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