History goes mobile during museum revamp

PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 July 2015

Weston Museum.

Weston Museum.

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WESTON Museum staff will be taking some of its exhibits on the road in a series of interactive learning sessions.

The museum, in Burlington Street, closed its doors in April so it can modernise its facilities.

Volunteers are in the process of packaging up the museum’s items, which will be stored in Taunton while the £1million refurbishment takes place.

But while it is closed, the museum team will be visiting schools and residential homes to provide a learning programme and to maintain its profile in the town.

Staff and volunteers have created a range of handling boxes to take to schools covering a variety of historical periods, including the Stone Age and World War One.

Museum supervisor Katherine Bell said: “Interactive learning through historical and replica objects is always hugely popular and very effective for getting children interested in their local history.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this service and keep up the support we can offer to our local schools and community groups during our dramatic refurbishment.”

When it closed, John Crockford-Hawley, who chairs the museum working party, said it was important it kept a presence in the town.

The new school sessions will go some way to providing this, while volunteers and staff will have stalls at summer events to maintain the museum’s profile.

Roman lessons will be taught in schools, where youngsters can transform themselves into an emperor or empress but trying on a toga and making their own coins.

Other topics will soon include the Iron Age and Victorian era.

And volunteers will also visit residential homes and community groups where older people can reminisce through nostalgic items and images.

For more information or to download a copy of the learning services leaflet, visit www.westonmuseum.org or call 01934 621028 to ask about the refurbishment.

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