DEDICATED volunteers on the Education Group at Bexhill Museum have doubled the number of children visiting the museum on school trips in two years.
Group leader Anne Lucarotti told Mark Redsell, head teacher of Buckswood School,
on Monday, August 19 that the figure was now more than 900 a year.
Part of the secret of the group’s success is a £500-a-year educational grant from Buckswood. The Guestling school has 420 students – half of them local children on scholarships and bursaries and half overseas students from 48 nations.
Thanking Mr Redsell for his school’s support, Anne explained how the group was creating a Victorian schoolroom in the costume and social history gallery to give young visitors an idea how their forebears were educated.
She showed him examples of the quiz forms which young people enjoy filling in after seeking answers in the museum’s three galleries.
Museum chairman John Betts explained that the museum would be celebrating its centenary next year.
?As a charity, we rely very much on people coming through the door. We don’t get any large grants?
?What pleases me about the education part of the museum is that it is expanding.
Our founders I am sure would be happy about what is happening because a prime objective was education for children. Kate Marsden (a co-founder) said ?we must have a museum in Bexhill to save the children having to go to Hastings.’?
In the presence of museum curator Julian Porter, Anne Lucarotti and fellow Education Group member Jonathan Ramsay, Mark Redsell handed John Betts a cheque for £500 alongside the Bexhill designed-and-built 1957 Elva Mark III sports-racer in the museum’s motor heritage gallery.
With its inter-active displays explaining the principles of steam, petrol and electrical propulsion, the gallery is among the museum’s most popular features with children.