Redcar Museum wins prestigious award for ‘educational excellence

KIRKLEATHAM Museum has won a national award for providing excellent educational services.

The popular attraction near Redcar has been awarded the Sandford Award, which recognises quality and best practice in educational provision outside of schools.

The museum was visited by judges who shadowed a school visit of Year 4 children and saw how the children learned about Anglo-Saxon England through the museum’s exhibition of locally unearthed artefacts. 

The observed educational programme was then judged on categories including: its ability to engage, inform and inspire visitors; its contribution to an understanding of local and national heritage and the management and administration of the sessions. The judges praised the ‘smooth and efficient’ running of the workshops, as well as the provision of ‘fun’ learning which ‘was rooted in sound educational objectives which developed knowledge and understanding’.

Speaking after the award event at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, Lead Judge Michael Maddison said: “Kirkleatham Museum provides a variety of workshops and educational sessions for organised groups and schools, and also plays host to an annual programme of exciting exhibitions, family events, musical performances and seasonal activities.

“Tucked away to the south of Teesside, it is a hidden gem, a museum complex to be explored by all ages and one which all ages can enjoy.”

Joanne Hodgson, Manager of Kirkleatham Museum, said: “We are over the moon to receive this prestigious accolade. Our educational team has worked extremely hard to provide sessions which are engaging and vastly improve people’s knowledge of interesting local history.”

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