Real learning is rewarded at Royal Cornwall Museum
A MUSEUM in Truro has been given a national award for its commitment to educating schoolchildren.
The Royal Cornwall Museum has been presented with a Sandford Award for Heritage Education which is independently judged by experts in education.
The Sandford Award judge, Bill Leedham, visited the museum in the summer and in his report said it "provides museum education at its very best; a collection of great variety and interest is imaginatively used to provide learning experiences which are enjoyable yet challenging.
"In an age when so much information comes second or third-hand (and is tainted by sensationalism) children are confronted with the truth on which so many assertions about the past are based. As they handle this evidence and are gently helped to decipher its secrets, they are learning the most important skill of all – to think for themselves."
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The museum previously won the award in 2008 and Liz Shepherd, its curator of learning, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that we've received this award again.
"It's a credit to the hard work, expertise and commitment of the whole learning team, without whom we wouldn't be able to provide such a wide and varied range of workshops to schools.
"In fact, between June 2012 and July 2013, almost 9,000 schoolchildren in Cornwall made use of the services offered by the museum."