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Carpet museum to teach Kidderminster youngsters their town's history
THE learning programme at Kidderminster’s Museum of Carpet will teach young people about their town’s history.
One of the museum’s aims after it opens to the public on Saturday will be to promote an educational aspect and bosses have hired former teacher Julie Alcorn as its assistant for life long learning.
She is tasked with planning school trips to the museum and making them “fun and interactive”.
“I hope it will be a lively programme and it is something there is a need for in Kidderminster. I think children will be very interested.
“They will be able to do activities such as ‘who do you think you are’ which will see them look through the archive to trace historical facts. For secondary school students we will look at how businesses work.
“I think school visits are always really beneficial for children and this will be enriching and fundamental because it has a relevance to their town and its history, we can also link it to their studies on the [Second World] War for example.
“Local history is something which I think is often missed out in the curriculum and Kidderminster has a rich local history. We can let children have a go and they might find out something about their families that they did not know.”
The museum’s education programme will start straight away and organisers are also planning half term activities and other events for later in the year.