Staff winning the award

16 May 2019

Leeds Museums & Galleries are celebrating today after winning a major award at the coveted Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony last night. The Leeds Curriculum won Educational Initiative of the Year, while Battle Bus (London Transport Museum) and RAF Museum RAF Centenary Programme (RAF Museum) were joint Highly commended.

The Leeds Curriculum was developed by Leeds Museums & Galleries in collaboration with over 40 arts and culture organisations and 30 primary schools, to bring together the expertise of learning and arts professionals in the city. It puts Leeds and it’s wealth of arts and culture organisations at the centre of its programming, and is designed to enhance the learning experiences of children in the city through a growing set of Key Stage 2 online teaching and learning resources.

Teachers from across Leeds can access the resources through MyLearning.org. There are currently five themes to explore which support creative learning across different key stages and range from prehistoric Leeds to the city’s industrial heritage and life in Leeds today. Using key objects from the 1.3million items in the Leeds Museums & Galleries collection, the creative resources aim to support learning professionals with their own syllabuses.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, said: “We work incredibly hard throughout the year to provide at all our Leeds Museums & Galleries sites a varied and compelling educational programme that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

“It is fantastic news that our Leeds Curriculum programme, which was created in conjunction with a number of partner organisations to support learning for primary school pupils in our city, has been recognised with such a prestigious award by Museums + Heritage. The feedback from both teachers and pupils to our Leeds Curriculum programme has been extremely positive; we are keen to build on and further improve our educational offer at Leeds Museums & Galleries.”

Kate Fellows, Lifelong Learning Manager, Leeds Museums and Galleries said: “We are absolutely overjoyed to have been chosen as the winners! It’s testament to the hard work and enthusiasm that made The Leeds Curriculum a reality and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. We are passionate about our city and this recognition from our peers shows that place-based learning can be a successful and sustainable way to encourage the next generation of learners.”

Talking about the Leeds Curriculum, Diane Lees CBE, Director General of the Imperial War Museums and Chair of the 2019 judging panel, noted: “With an innovative sense of place and responding to the needs of its locality, this winning project has enormous ambition and is making a significant impact which is set to benefit children for years to come.”

The awards celebrated innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas.

Leeds Museums & Galleries was also shortlisted for the Higher Education Institution Achievement award by the Creative Learning Guild for ‘Breaking the mould: creating evidence based, arts savvy initial teacher training’ in March 2019.

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For more information please contact Sara Merritt, Audience Development Officer – sara.merritt@leeds.gov.uk / 0113 535 0931

Notes to Editors

About Leeds Museums & Galleries

www.leeds.gov.uk/museums

Leeds Museums & Galleries is the largest local authority-run museum service in England and has one of the larger and most significant multidisciplinary collections in the UK. They care for 1.3 million objects which they use to inspire, educate, entertain and challenge the people of Leeds and visitors to the city. They run nine historic sites and visitor attractions, welcoming over 1.6 million visitors each year, accounting for around a quarter of all museum visits across Yorkshire.

About Leeds Curriculum

https://www.mylearning.org/collections/leeds-curriculum

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