Museums popular with Isle schools receive top award

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Museums popular with Isle residents have been given a prestigious award.

The North Lincolnshire Museum Service has received the Sandford Award 2013 for Heritage Education for the excellent educational and informal learning programme it provides for schools.

This includes both North Lincolnshire Museum and Normanby Hall Country Park, both of which are attended on visits by Isle schools.

The judges assessed a number of the hands on activity based school workshops, which included role-play, group work, object handling and individual exploration.

Judith R Jones, a Sandford Awards judge, said: “School parties visiting this friendly Museum (North Lincolnshire Museum) can be sure of a good experience. The talented learning manager supported by her able team has devised a lively and interesting education programme which engages and informs visitors.

“Education lies at the heart of all activities offered at this lovely Hall and Country Park (Normanby Hall Country Park). A host of imaginative and challenging programmes are offered both to school parties and general public. A school visit here will certainly enrich a child’s life.”

Councillor John Briggs, cabinet member for asset management, culture and housing, said: “This is wonderful news and very well deserved - well done to the Museum Service. This award recognises all the hard work that has been put into improving and delivering the learning programme for not only schools but families as well.

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the service provided to ensure it meets the needs of schools and their pupils. The Museum Service has a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, which assures teachers that a quality learning experience is offered and they manage risk effectively.”