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Special award for the Winding House

Posted on : 31 Aug 2017

Special award for the Winding House
Pupils discovering the Romans at the Winding House
The Winding House Museum has scooped the prestigious Sanford award for the second time.
The Sandford Award is an independently judged assessment of heritage education and is granted in recognition of excellence.
One of the award assessors visited the museum commented, “The Winding House Museum is a gem and deserves to be known by a wider audience. The schools’ programme is as exciting as it is interesting, offering sessions that are educationally sound, thoughtfully planned and professionally delivered. The hands-on experiences provided for children, using original and good quality replica artefacts, are excellent, and enable children to engage the past with understanding, appreciation and empathy.”
The Winding House – the museum for Caerphilly county borough – runs a range of learning programmes for schools based around themes such as the ‘Roman Around’ which teaches of the significance of the Romans on a local and National scale exploring archaeological evidence. ‘Victorian Valleys’ concentrates on researching the evidence in the form of census returns, is used to find out about real life local families, and about life during Victorian times. The significance of coal mining locally, and on industrial change throughout England and Wales, has had a major impact on the lives of others in the UK. Whilst ‘Life in Wartime’ teaches youngsters about life on the ‘Home Front’, the issues of conscription and evacuation, and the significance of VE Day and the impact on local people.
The news follows a successful summer events programme which has attracted children of all ages to join in and take part in a range of interactive activities.
Cllr. Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member responsible for Economy and Sustainability, commented, “It is fantastic news that the Museum has once again been successful in gaining the Sanford Award. The museum provides a fun and interactive learning experience for all who enter its doors. The museum is as described a gem of the county, the spectacular views, interesting displays and the free entry make it the ideal location for an educational visit.”
The museum is located approximately 40 minutes from Cardiff or 25 minutes from Merthyr on the A469. There is free onsite parking and easy access and a tempting coffee and gift shop. Find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching for Winding House to keep up to date with the latest events and information or contact the museum on 01443 822666.

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