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Recycling the River Tees: River Map

Displayed at Kirkleatham Museum as part of the Recycling the River Tees Exhibition

1 July –  28 December 2024

Students visited Preston Park Museum & Grounds to learn about the history of the river, how it has changed the local landscape and about the impact it has had on the lives of the people living nearby.

The class then worked with artist Bub Bacon, on a vibrant large sculpture of the river, using recycled materials collected from home. This work has been used in  the schools application for Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation.

Close up of board with recycled blue food packaging. There is a bucket with a fish, chips and seagulls as well as corks and shells.

A close up of the River Map sculpture, as displayed at Kirkleatham Museum.

Bub Bacon, and Tilery Primary School Students

River Map,

Mixed media, wood and recycled materials.

An aerial view of the river Tees, surrounded by local attractions, including Teesside bridges. Along the river there is litter, showing the types of litter that often ends up in our river and the wildlife it could harm.

Displayed near the map are some mosaic animals, made from recycled plastics,  and pencil drawings of the Teesside bridges, and local attractions, also created by the children.

What could you do to look after our local wildlife?

mosaic duck made out of recycled packaging.
You can make your own mosaic just like the ones in our exhibition that have been created by Year 5 students at Tilery Primary School! Just download the instructions below and be as creative as you’d like.

Animal Mosaic Craft (word doc)
Animal Mosaic Craft PDF