Hull based Heritage Learning has been shortlisted for a national award recognising their work in bringing learning to life in Hull’s schools during the city’s tenure as UK City of Culture.
The Hull Curriculum project, commissioned by over half of Hull’s primary schools, is designed to develop children’s knowledge and key skills, along with a deep sense of pride in their city and personal aspiration, has been shortlisted in the Educational Initiative at the National Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence.
Up against strong competition including the National Trust and Kings College, The team behind the project will see if they can bag the award in the capital on Wednesday 17 May in the historic staterooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue, hosted by comedian Ian Moore. The Awards are judged by a panel of some of the industry leaders including, Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museum; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.
Heritage Learning had to impress the judges, demonstrating how they have inspired the participants involved, creating a legacy which is befitting of the unique educational potential of museums and heritage/cultural visitor attractions.
The new curriculum, the first of its kind in the country, explores all aspects of culture from the historical and cultural development of city of Hull, through to its key personalities and alumni. The main portal for the curriculum is an interactive timeline of Hull, mapping significant cultural and historical events, people and places along with digital and cross curricular downloadable teaching resources including; information about people, places and events in Hull against set criteria, high quality images, documents, audio and film.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said: “To be shortlisted for this award is fantastic news for the team, primary schools and the city and I would like to congratulate them on their success so far. Heritage Learning has been recognised for their commitment in developing this new online learning platform and the work they do in Hull’s primary school to explore Hull’s history through exciting stories, adventure and exploration, making learning fun and interactive. This is especially important during 2017 and beyond.
“They fully deserve this award and I wish them the very best of luck.”
Jane Avison, Heritage Learning Manager, said “We are thrilled to be nominated in such a hotly contested category. We are really proud of our project and would like to bring home the award for all of Hull’s hard working teachers and their pupils. This project has been driven by teachers from day one and it is because of them this project has succeeded.”
For more information on the Museums and Heritage Awards visit http://awards.museumsandheritage.com/