Museum makes half-term fun and educational for children


By Sophie Sandberg

De Montfort University celebrated half-term last week with crafty activities for children at DMU’s Heritage Centre.

Elizabeth Wheelband, 31, the curator at DMU’s heritage centre and DMU graduate champion Atika Hussain, 22, planned activities to enhance half-term for children in Leicester.

Together they came up with crafty activities based on their current exhibitions to attract a younger audience to the museum.


Ms Wheelband said: “I think it’s important to attract a younger audience to the museum and making learning fun.

“By organising these events we’re challenging the conventions of what a museum’s day should be by trying to engage with audiences that we typically don’t.”

During these days, children could come to the heritage centre and create Richard III inspired crowns and take part in a scavenger hunt based on the exhibitions.

The museum’s first ever half-term events attracted a big group of children, mostly from preschools around Leicester, and the response from both the children and their parents were very positive.

Miss Hussain, who has a degree in education studies and has been doing an internship at the university, said: “I like working with children because it’s very rewarding and activities like these go very well with my degree.”

The heritage centre changes their exhibitions every six months and they are looking forward to seeing more children engaging with the museum in the future.


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