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60 children win award by working with museums

  • Date: 15 May 2014
  • Artform: Museums
  • Area: North
Colourful tapestry segments created by the Year 3 pupils Tapestry segments created by the Year 3 pupils, Minerva Heritage Ltd

Kendal pupils earned an Arts Award for their excellent work on a tapestry piece and children's trail at local museums. 60 children were funded to take part in this historical craft project by the Lakeland Museums' Education Network.

Year 3 pupils at Heron Hill Primary School worked with staff at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry to create a brand new children’s trail for the museum, choosing objects and creating activities for other young people. They also visited the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal to see how people have depicted life through tapestry. Each pupil produced their own tapestry piece which took inspiration from the objects in the two museums.

Children learnt a number of new skills during these interactive activities including embroidery and drama. Learning was shared and the class even created a display for the Westmorland Show.

This was the first time the school had been involved in the Arts Award scheme and the project had a great response from the class.

One young person at Heron Hill Primary School said: ‘I have learnt that teamwork is important.’ Another said: ‘I have learnt a lot more about history. I didn’t know I could grow like that.’

Lisa Keys at the Lakeland Museums’ Education Network who funded the project said: ‘This project helped young people learn more about the culture of their local area, fostering a sense of place and identity. It also showed the organisations that partnership working really pays off. We are really proud of what the Year 3 class at Heron Hill achieved.’


Lakeland Museums’ Education Network are funded through an annual grant of £15,000 through the Cumbria Museum Consortium. Our Major partner museums programme funded the consortium with a grant of £3.2 million between 2012-15.

Awards for children and young people

Arts Award Discover is open to children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve this award young people research the arts near them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others. They are awarded a certificate at the end of the project and can then progress to another Arts Award scheme.

You can find out more about the award on the Arts Award website.