Last night we hosted a small tea party for our ‘Young Explorers’ to celebrate the end of our Heritage Lottery Fund-ed archives and nature project. As part of this 3 year project, NHSN worked with Children North East (CNE) to give young people the opportunity to experience wildlife first hand. From small mammal trapping at Gosforth Park to Puffin spotting at the Farne Islands and some expeditions to our very own archive in between. We have had some really encouraging feedback from everyone involved, especially the young people, and we celebrated their achievements last night with the unveiling of their artwork in an exhibition at the Great North Museum: Hancock.
Clare Freeman, Director of NHSN, said: ‘I found these summer field visits with teenagers really inspiring – they had some great questions and really got me thinking about our local wildlife and the impact all our lives have on the local landscape and wildlife – it was certainly an exciting learning opportunity for us all. Early NHSN members built ‘the Hancock Museum’ in the 19th century and were keen that as many people in Newcastle were inspired by the natural world and museum collections. It has been wonderful to continue this approach and we are planning to do more in the future’.
Alana Dunton, Project Worker with CNE: ‘this has been one of the most positively received projects at the children’s centre we have been involved with. It was great to see so many smiles and hear such wonderful comments from the young people and being in the outdoors, doing different activities really boosted their confidence – it was great to hear one day that one person had not missed their mobile phone at all that day!’
The exhibition runs till 28 September and can be seen in the GNM: Hancock’s Galleria space on the first floor of the Museum.