We partnered with seven local schools across our four countries. Participating pupils developed their own individual or group projects and blog posts inspired by our sources, findings, and project-organised field trips to museums and other heritage venues, and shared their work at a virtual schools conference.


Altes Gymnasium

We’re a group of 20 pupils from years 9, 10, and 11 (two participants are even younger), supervised by history teacher Sabine Conrad, and all of us are very interested in both English and the humanities. We meet outside of regular lessons once a week to work on our intoxicant-related project, which focuses on the social status of and attitudes towards people who took drugs in the early modern period, or consume drugs today. We’re planning to create a diary written in English by children from that period.

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Gymnasium Neu Wulmstorf
Neu Wulmstorf

We’re nine students in years 10, 11, and 12 who find the combination of history and documentary making exciting. Supervised by history teacher Frank Schmekel, we’re going to explore the history of drugs in Hamburg and thus a theme that we would otherwise not encounter in school. We’re excited about exchanging ideas with other schools, museums, and historians in a European project, and putting our new findings into an entertaining form: short documentary films that give an insight into the historical dimension, while not forgetting the consequences for the present.

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We’re a group of 12 students in years 9 to 11, supervised by history teacher Ina-Marie Goldbach. We’re focusing on the distribution of coffee, tea, tobacco, sugar, opium, and tea via trade routes in northwest Germany, and are developing an interactive exhibition on this topic. Questions that interest us are which substances reached the consumer in the past, how and by what means, and via which transport routes. We’re especially interested in the theme of illegality.

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U-Talent School Network

The U-Talent school network is a group of 50 secondary schools in the Utrecht region working with Utrecht University to strengthen and enrich education. U-Talent organise activities for students and their teachers and have a network function for partner schools.

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Nacka Gymnasium

Nacka Gymnasium is one of the best Upper Secondary Schools in Stockholm. The school has 18 educational programmes and an extensive international contact network, including language exchanges, study trips, and international projects. The collaboration with Intoxicating Spaces engages three school classes of around 20 pupils, with each class working on small research projects, workshops, and report writing.

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United Kingdom

King Edward VII School

King Edward VII School is an ambitious secondary school in the heart of Sheffield. We are working with a group of talented Year 12s who, supervised by history teacher Matt Harland, are developing multimedia individual and group projects inspired by our themes.

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Thomas Rotherham College

Thomas Rotherham College is a modern Sixth Form College in the minster town of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. We are working with a group of talented Year 12s who, supervised by history teacher Alan Gillingham, are developing multimedia individual and group projects inspired by our themes.

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In addition to our work with schools, a key objective of Intoxicating Spaces, especially through our events and virtual exhibition, is to facilitate knowledge co-creation and exchange with partners and stakeholders from the heritage and NGO sectors. We’re excited to be partnering with the following organisations:

Museums & Heritage