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Bowes Museum wins award for education work

Education work at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, has proved worthy of a prestigious award

Amy Bainbridge, Bowes Museum education coordinator
Amy Bainbridge, Bowes Museum education coordinator

Education work at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, has proved worthy of a prestigious award.

The Sandford Award for Heritage Education is a ‘kite mark’ given to heritage sites whose education provision meets exacting standards.

The award, instigated in 1978, is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

The education department at the County Durham museum is run by coordinator Amy Bainbridge and team members Alison Smith and Nancy Gardner who are assisted by volunteers. To win an award a heritage site’s education department must aid visitors’ understanding of local and national heritage in an inspiring and informative manner.

A judge watched as a school party visited the Bowes to explore the Greek myths and legends, a theme linked to the national curriculum.

During the trip children got involved in interactive storytelling, created a Greek monster and made pottery.

The citation which came with the award stated that “the education programme is led by an inspired, dynamic and dedicated professional whose enthusaism undeprins the wide variety of sessions on offer to school, family and adult audiences”.

Amy said: “I’m so happy that our work is being honoured.

“Our main aim is to provide every child who comes on our visits with fun and interactive learning.”

Amy and her team will be in action at a Family Fun Day at the Bowes Museum on August 20. For details visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk or tel. 01833 690606.

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