{information leaflet}An extensive market research exercise; involving discussions with education advisers, teachers, interpretation specialists and others; was carried out. Following from that, the material was arranged as a tiered set of material for each subject within the two categories - environmental studies (encompassing biology, ecology, geology and contemporary geography) and historical studies (encompassing genealogy, social history, industrial history and historical geography). Although this exercise was as comprehensive as possible, the time limits imposed on the scheme restricted what could be done.

First Tier

A printed, illustrated leaflet, usually with an accompanying and directly complementary exhibition and, in some instances, an audio-visual presentation. This aimed to satisfy the needs of primary teachers, at least, and may be sufficient for some secondary teaching. Where feasible a booklet, a simple activity sheet or a work-sheet; e.g. Tree Trails, Nature Trails and the Discovery Trails; was written for teachers unwilling or unable to produce such material themselves.

Second Tier

An information pack (box or folder(s)) containing :

1. For the teacher, a brief summary of the topic covered and of the contents of the pack. The format used is not more than two sides of A4 with no references.

2. A selection of supportive material, text and illustrations, such that would permit an individual pupil or group of pupils to produce an informed essay or report on the topic.

3. A catalogue of the in-depth research material available in the third tier archival collection. [This catalogue is the index of the third tier file]

Third Tier

The archival collection. This comprises indexed A4 files of working copies of the original material accumulated by the SEE IT researchers together with research summary sheets produced by researchers from text-books. The index includes large format material stored other than it the file (e.g. maps, certain wills). Where necessary, transcripts of the original material are provided. A comprehensive source list is provided for those rare individuals whose interesb or level of study demands research at even greater depth.


The term original material, particularly in the case of historical documents, means master copies of items sighted in sources such as County Record Offices and major libraries; SEE IT did NOT accumulate actual original documents, although the work of the team did lead to the production of research based original work.

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