31/05/19 Bringing the classroom to Windermere Jetty
PRESS RELEASE 31 May 2019
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BRINGING THE CLASSROOM TO WINDERMERE JETTY
TV’s Helen Skelton launches Learning Programme at new museum
Helen Skelton helped launch the Learning Programme at Cumbria’s newest attraction.
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened its doors in March follow- ing a £20million development.
The museum displays an internationally important collection of boats in one of England’s most picturesque settings.
As well as state of the art galleries, a new learning centre has been built - and is ready to welcome schools from across the region.
Teachers can find out more at two drop-in events at Windermere Jetty in June: Tuesday 11 June and and Wednesday 19 June. Interested schools can get in touch via email: book-
The new museum has an exciting and lively programme of tours, curriculum supporting creative and STEM workshops and boat trips from Early Years through to Key Stages 1-4.
Ian Read, Lakeland Arts Head of Participation and Learning said: “We are delighted to launch our Learning Programme and schools are invited to get in touch and find out more.
“This is a new place to bring children to learn outside of the classroom. The learning team has new resources lined up to easily help teachers deliver key curriculum topics.
“Inspired by the collection and landscape, the programme has been crafted to enrich chil- dren and young people’s understanding and enjoyment of this unique location. Join us on a new journey together.
“At Windermere Jetty, learning is active and fun. Learning happens in real time in our Con- servation Workshop as our team restore vessels and on the water as boats steam up in the morning.
“Children and young people will get hands-on experience how boats, steam and stories have shaped this part of the UK.”
Helen Skelton said: “I have been blown away by the museum. The building is spectacular the location is sensational. It's really exciting to see how much energy and enthusiasm has been put into the Learning Programme.
“Once people start to use this place regularly, once or twice a year, people will really start to get something out of this place.
“Kids will start to take ownership of this collection and see it as their story and their herit- age.”
Ian Read added: “This is a fantastic new museum in the north west and we are looking forward to giving children school trips that are exciting as well as educational."
Windermere Jetty is principally funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and located within the Lake District National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More information about Windermere Jetty Learning Programme www.windermerejetty.org/ schools/
Notes to editors:
Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It’s venues are Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and a new museum: Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which opened 23 March 2019. www.lakelandarts.org.uk
Abbot Hall Art Gallery:
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal opened in 1962. It has built up an outstanding collection and a strong reputation for showing exhibitions of national and international artists of the highest quality. In 2018 it showed work ranging from Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin to contemporary artists Elisabeth Frink and Alison Watt. The gallery and surrounding estate will undergo a major redevelopment planned to start in 2020. www.abbothall.org.uk
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry:
Abbot Hall also houses the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in the former coach house and stables. The Museum opened in 1971. It is a place to immerse yourself in the Lake District’s World Heritage history, discover the region’s past in farming, mining and tanning. Find out about Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome and stroll down a Victorian Street. The Museum also has a regular programme of exhibitions. www.lakelandmu- seum.org.uk
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House:
Blackwell is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere and is architect MH Baillie Scott's greatest house. Built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt, today it is an outstanding example of an Arts & Crafts House. Re- taining most of its original decorative features. It is a perfect setting for exhibitions of his- torical and contemporary craft. www.blackwell.org.uk
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened on 23 March 2019. De- signed by Carmody Groarke architects, this is a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere displaying an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with Windermere. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the major funder for the Museum. Grants are made possible by National Lottery Heritage Fund players. The project is also supported by Regional Growth Fund and Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. www.windermerejetty.org
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