Helston Museum Wins Prestigious Award For Education

Helston Museum Wins Prestigious Award For Education
Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Added: 09 December 2016

This week Tracey Clowes from Helston Museum went to Worcester Cathedral to collect a Sandford Award, a prestigious award for excellence in heritage education, on behalf of the museum. They were highly praised for all aspects of their education program, from the diversity and quality of available workshops to the enthusiasm with which the sessions were delivered. 

The judging took place on 20th May 2016, during a visit by 28 5-6 year olds from Nansloe Academy, who are conveniently within walking distance of the museum. The workshop that was observed was all about Henry Trengrouse, local hero who, in despair at seeing lives lost aboard a ship close to the shore, invented his rocket lifesaving equipment to aid unfortunate sailors safely to the shore.

The judge Robin Clutterbuck said “Palpably, the children were learning in front of my eyes. The relevance of the session was exceptional: not only is the Lizard Peninsula the site of many shipwrecks, but it is still a dangerous coastline, with search and rescue helicopter services running from nearby RNAS Culdrose (some of the children’s parents worked there); furthermore the children’s own experience of playing on local beaches made the lifesaving issues very familiar. The session could not better have brought together local heritage, national history and personal meanings. The fact that a local man invented a way of saving people from drowning made this museum visit an essential part of the children’s education, in my view.”

Tracey Clowes, Assistant Curator & Head of Education said “We absolutely thrilled to have been given this prestigious award and it is a testament of the hard work of our wonderful volunteers and staff”