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Royal Cornwall Museum wins educational services to school children award
7:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has once again been recognised for its educational services to school children in Cornwall.
The prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education is an independently judged, quality assured, assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. It focuses on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites.
The Sandford Award judge, Bill Leedham, visited the museum in the summer and in his report said that the Royal Cornwall Museum, “provides museum education at its very best: a collection of great variety and interest is imaginatively used to provide learning experiences which are enjoyable yet challenging.
Adding: "In an age when so much information comes second or third hand (and is tainted by sensationalism) children are confronted with the truth on which so many assertions about the past are based. As they handle this evidence and are gently helped to decipher its secrets, they are learning the most important skill of all – to think for themselves.”
Having previously received the award in 2008, Liz Shepherd, the museum’s curator of learning said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have received this award again. It is a credit to the hard work, expertise and commitment of the whole learning team, without whom we would not be able to provide such a wide and varied range of workshops to schools. In fact, between June 2012 and July 2013, almost 9000 school children in Cornwall made use of the services offered by the Museum.”
Schools workshops at the Museum cover many topics including Victorians in Cornwall, World War II, Old Toys, Seaside, Tudors, Romans and Archaeology, as well the most popular workshops - the Greeks and the Egyptians.
To request a copy of the Museum’s Schools Programme for Foundation to Key Stage 2, call 01872 272205 ext 245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Royal Cornwall Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.45pm. It is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission is free for RIC Members and anyone aged 18 or under. Adults pay £5 for an annual pass – pay once, visit for free all year.
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