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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

From coast to classroom

Bringing the coast to the classroom is the latest initiative from the New Forest National Park Authority.

On Wednesday 4 May, the St Barbe Maritime museum in Lymington will be awash with coastal maritime history that can be used by teachers as free educational resources in schools for Key Stage two pupils.

Teachers are invited to come and meet the Education teams from the National Park Authority and St Barbe Maritime Museum anytime from 12pm-6pm to learn about this new downloadable educational material.

Based specifically on the New Forest coast these resources are brimming with facts, activities, pictures, maps and games, and if that wasn’t all, teachers can book free loan boxes full of costumes, games, artefacts and replica objects.

Sue Palma, Education Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest coast is rich with history that is not only interesting but fun to learn about. We hope that these educational resources and loan boxes will make history not only relevant to local children but will be fun and interesting.

‘We want to excite children and help teachers integrate archaeology into the classroom. We hope this event will encourage teachers to come along and have a look to see what is on offer.’

The St Barbe museum is also hosting a Coastal Detectives’ exhibition to celebrate the end of a two-year project which saw the National Park Authority work with a range of partners. The exhibition is made-up of a series of panels, an interactive game and a series of coastal-inspired activities.

The Coastal Detectives exhibition will be on until the 29 May 2011. The exhibition opens on the 23 April 2011 with a day of archaeological activities to try and free entry. For more information about educational resources and the Coastal Heritage project visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

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