It was with excitement that Time and Tide museum welcomed the return of 11 young people from East Coast College for a term of work experience. The students, who on the Foundation Skills programme have a variety of learning needs and disabilities took over a number of roles in the museum for Takeover Day in 2017. They liked it so much we asked for them to come back. Each week pairs of the students have come in on a Friday afternoon to work with Angela Douglas-Frisby on our visitor services team, helping out in the shop, assisted with marketing and generally keeping the museum spick and span.
Samantha Richardson, the Foundation Skills Co-ordinator said:
‘The opportunities [Time & Tide museum] have provided for our student’s journey is priceless’.
This term also saw the launch of Enjoy’s Culture School programme where Enjoy works with schools to identify an area of arts or culture to develop and partners them with local organisations to support the project.
Alderman Swindell Primary, who have been celebrating their school history this term, was one of the first schools to sign up, identifying heritage as their focus. In partnership with Time and Tide museum, a number of events were organised; a staff workshop with Kate Argyle from Historic England, a visit from Mr Alderman Swindell himself and this week another visit from a very special character…Miss Dale, the Headmistress when the school was established in 1929.
The staff and children have undertaken a phenomenal amount of research during what will sadly be the school’s last term. In order to preserve this hard work, the information they have collected will be added to Our Great Yarmouth website – www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk.
In addition to Culture Schools, Enjoy launched a new teacher training programme this June, with 10 schools and colleges represented by the 16 attendees. Kate Argyle shared resources to link local history with the curriculum and Alison Hall from Great Yarmouth Borough Council gave us a tour and an overview of the Venetian Waterways regeneration project, highlighting opportunities for schools to get involved. Due to the distinct 1930s feel to the term, the session finished up with a bit of Jazz and learning a Charleston Stroll.
These new programmes are part of the Making Waves Together project, funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Great Place Scheme, helping to create more opportunities for children and young people to participate in high quality arts and cultural activity in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.