TORBAY Council’s newly extended Mini Museum Project is being launched at Oldway Mansion on Tuesday, March 13.
Childminders from across Torbay are being invited to come along with their children between 9.30am and 11am to register and find out what early years activities they can get involved in.
Torbay Council recently helped secure £31,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue and develop the Bay’s popular Mini Museum project over the next three years. The council has also contributed an additional £1000 towards the scheme.
The project, which focuses on teaching young children about Torbay’s heritage, is being delivered by Torbay Childminders in partnership with Brixham Heritage Museum, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Torbay Council, and Torquay Museum.
It will be co-ordinated by Louise Cresswell, who’s based at Brixham Heritage Museum, and will deliver a range of early years activities such as mini digs, story telling, trips and guided walks to sites of local historic importance. The project will offer childminders and their children free entry into Torquay and Brixham Museums. There will also be opportunities for childminders, staff and volunteers from Brixham and Torquay museums as well as Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust to be trained in how to work effectively with early years children.
To celebrate the funding and the start of the extended project, childminders are being invited to drop into the launch event at Oldway Mansion’s ballroom. They can find out how they can become involved in the project, register and pick up a free museum pass.
Some of the soldiers from the Napoleonic 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot will also be there in costume to talk about the boot camps and re-enactment events for childminders and young children organised by Brixham Heritage Museum. Dr. Philip Armitage, Curator at Brixham Heritage Museum, will also be on hand to answer questions about the mini-archaeological digs planned with Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust for childminders and young children.
Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Children. Schools and Families, Councillor Chris Lewis, said: “This project was very popular last year and so I hope even more childminders get on board and make the most of the bigger range of fantastic activities on offer. It’s so important we inspire young children so they can develop, learn and make sense of the world around them whilst having fun at the same time. This mini museum project enables that to happen.”
The Council’s Executive Lead for Environment, Councillor Jeanette Richards, said: “Our museums play such a huge role in helping us to understand our local heritage and the mini museum project really helps us to encouraging a love of history at an early age. I would encourage all childminders in Torbay to register and get involved in such a fantastic project.”
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Access Officer, Emma Reece, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to engage young people in the history on their doorstep. With the Trust’s activities at Berry Head we aim to inspire them with re-enactment events and storytelling, our volunteers will also be involved and gain from the project. It is so important all ages understand our history so it can be enjoyed and protected for generations to come.”
Richard Bellamy, HLF’s Acting Head of South West commented: “We are delighted to be able support the Mini Museum project, which we hope will inspire in the children who participate a lifelong enthusiasm for learning about the past and the people and events who helped to shape their local area.”