If you need this report in large print, audio, Braille, alternative format or in a different language please contact Glenis Wright on tel 01603 403621 or minicom 01603 223833 and we will do our best to help. NORFOLK JOINT MUSEUMS & ARCHAEOLOGY COMMITTEE 19th January 2007 Item No. 11 AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Report by the Head of Museums & Archaeology This report sets out a number of projects in NMAS aimed at providing targeted services for minority audiences 1. INTRODUCTION The number of visits to NMAS museums in 2006 has increased beyond expectations. The multi-award winning service received nearly 370,000 visits from January to December 2006, compared with a target of 319,000. This is due particularly to improved performance in those museums that have benefited from major capital developments, refurbishments or the introduction of new facilities. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, for instance, had received 73,000 visits by the end of October against an annual target of 60,000. Cromer Museum had received 25,700 visits against an annual target of 20,000. Each of those targets had allowed for an increase in visitors but actual performance has been better than anticipated. Providing museums for visiting is only one way of delivering the Museums and Archaeology service. We provide information through the website, publications and answering direct enquires; we support researchers and students; and we have developed loan boxes for schools and reminiscence boxes for residential homes. Where possible we seek to develop services for non-traditional museum audiences. The target audiences include: • people living in isolated rural communities • people living in disadvantaged urban areas • under 5s and young mothers • adolescents • elderly people including those using day or residential care facilities • local schools not currently using museum services • adults on low incomes • adults with basic skills needs • asylum seekers • ethnic minority communities • disabled people not currently using museum services The target audiences are largely selected on the basis that we wish our users to be representative of the population as a whole. Specific targets are also selected in order, for instance, to meet the objectives of the County Council or the Districts, such as “supporting older people to live independent and fulfilling lives”. We also respond to approaches from other agencies, such as the Youth Offending Team. The attached report (Annex 1) is not an exhaustive list but gives an overview of the projects currently underway and planned. The Lynn Museum community outreach programme is providing one of the long-term case studies for the Heritage Lottery Fund Social Impact Survey, undertaken by Applejuice Consulting. A summary of the draft report is attached at Annex 2 and shows the very positive impact these outreach activities have had on participants. 2. RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS (a) Finance All the projects are fully funded, usually from external sources such as Renaissance in the Regions, Heritage Lottery Fund or other grant making or charitable bodies. (b) Property None (c) Staff None (d) IT None 3. S17 CRIME AND DISORDER ACT All NMAS service plans take account of the need to address the issues of social exclusion, one of the key triggers for crime and disorder. Many of the museums are located in areas of social deprivation and their development is part of an integrated regeneration strategy. By providing services that are accessible to local people, by encouraging participation by young people at risk of offending, by assisting schools in improving pupil attainment, by generating pride in the local heritage, NMAS is making a substantial contribution towards reducing crime and disorder in Norfolk. 4. CONCLUSION NMAS can deliver a wide range of services to many different audiences. This report demonstrates the wealth of opportunities that we can provide. 5. RECOMMENDATION That members note this report. Originator: Vanessa Trevelyan Head of NMAS Vanessa.Trevelyan@norfolk.gov.uk Annex 1 NMAS Audience Development Projects 2006-7 1 Around the World in 80 Objects This project will take the form of an online exhibition which will pull together objects and stories from around the world and highlight the special relationships that local people have with these treasures held in Norfolk museums. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the multicultural collections held by NMAS to engage BME audiences. Project based at Norwich Castle Study Centre 2 Shoe Sculpture project The ‘Shoe Sculpture’ project worked with a group of 15-19 year old asylum seekers and refugees. The outcome of the project was the production of wire shoe sculptures influenced by contemporary shoe design which linked to the Shoes: The Agony and the Ecstasy exhibition. The group consisted of approximately 25 young men of predominantly Kurdish/Afghani origins. All of them were or had been supported by the County Asylum Team. The majority were being educated at the City FE College and receiving ESOL support at their Youth Group meetings. The fact that attendance at their meetings was voluntary meant that their interest had to be harnessed with a suitably motivating activity. We couldn’t guarantee their participation but we could provide them with an opportunity to access the museum service, learn about art and design from different cultures and traditions and develop cultural awareness and understanding of the society that they now lived in. The sculptures produced went on display at Carrow House Textiles & Study Centre. The group also had a follow-up visit to the Shoes: The Agony and the Ecstasy exhibition in October 2006. Project based at Carrow House Costume & Textiles Study Centre 3 ‘Shoes’ After-School Project The 'Crazy Shoe Shuffle' event held at Norwich Castle in October 2006 half term was taken into schools as an after-school project between Norwich Castle and Mill View Middle School. This event was funded by Kettle Foods, with the aim of making art accessible to schoolchildren in areas of social deprivation. The children worked with a museum educator and an artist to develop their creativity through designing and making their own crazy art shoes. The project ran over five sessions. The first one was held at the Castle where the children looked at the Shoe Exhibition as a source of ideas and inspiration. The rest of the sessions were held at the school, where the group developed their ideas ready for a final display and presentation of their work. Project based at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 4 Asylum Seeker Group Following on from the success of the Shoe project, this group of young asylum seekers from Afghanistan, will be invited to take part in another project, this time at the Norwich Castle Study Centre. Working with a freelance artist, the group will be introduced to the wide range of collections held including, Natural History, Archaeology, and Art. Project based at Norwich Castle Study Centre 5 Chinese Collections and Communities day The project will work with a local Chinese Community group to help to interpret some of the collections held in Norwich. The project will include a visit to the Norwich Castle Study Centre, to explore the collections held behind the scenes. Project based at Norwich Castle Study Centre 6 Working with the Chinese community in Kings Lynn King’s Lynn’s Community Outreach Officer has been working in partnership with the Norfolk Library & Information Service’s outreach worker to develop a programme of outreach events working with the substantial Chinese community in Lynn. Community leaders were involved in shaping the events programme, which was delivered both on- and off-site. The first session Dragons & Dinosaurs took place in the Chinese School on 22 January 2006, attracting 50 participants. Chinese items from the reserve collections held in Norwich Castle Study Centre were loaned to the Lynn Museum to form part of a display on Chinese communities. The artefacts complemented the work done by a local Chinese community group and demonstrated the various stories that our collections can tell us about different cultures. Project based at Lynn Museum 7 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) The project will establish links with an under-developed museum audience - ESOL students and providers. It will establish comprehensive links with Norfolk ESOL providers (including AE and FE Colleges), develop two sets of resources: resources embedded within the ESOL core curriculum and resources based on the new national Citizenship document. The project will build in sustainability through the newly-developed resources and links with ESOL providers, thus ensuring more long- term benefits. This project will extend museum services to a broad range of groups, including migrant workers and asylum seekers. The project is subject to a successful Your Heritage bid for which Renaissance in the Regions will provide match funding. Project based at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 8 Family Learning Numeracy Course In a new and exciting initiative, the Castle Museum Learning department worked in partnership with the Norfolk Family Learning Team to plan and deliver a nine-week numeracy course, which took place on Thursdays throughout the summer term 2006. This course was run within the guidelines of the Basic Skills Agency, which meant that the course length, the end of course adult test and certain other requirements e.g. crèche provision, were proscribed. It was particularly interesting for the Museum as it was an extended course during which we could get to know the participants well and they experienced prolonged exposure to the Museum. Numeracy themes such as estimation and units of measurement ran across all the sessions. Each week a historical focus made learning different aspects of numeracy fun. Topics covered were history and time, weights and measurements, money, data collection, recording and analysis, estimation skills, arithmetic and mental maths skills, The course was very well received by all participants and tutors. The hard outcomes included all adult participants passing the national numeracy test and children increasing their proficiency in numeracy. Participants said they enjoyed the sessions and now had much more confidence in their numeracy capabilities. The Norfolk Family Learning Team was delighted with the success of the course and there is a provisional booking for a repeat course next year on Tuesdays May-June, when we are confident of recruiting more families. Project based at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 9 Reminiscence in Cromer A series of reminiscence sessions have been held for the elderly residents at Benjamin Court, a Housing with Care scheme. This was a pilot to test the effectiveness and popularity of this service. Reminiscence sessions involve using museum objects that older people might have used or remember to encourage them to talk about their past. As well as the sessions being enjoyable for the participants, this is known to be a very effective form of therapy, especially amongst people who might otherwise spend most of the day in silence. The evaluation was very positive and the comments will inform future reminiscence sessions. Project based at Cromer Museum 10 Home on the road: Gypsy Life Past and Present This event has been developed in partnership with the Traveller Education Service. The event is called Home on the road: Gypsy Life Past and Present and is a new and exciting activity designed to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Travellers' and Gypsies' way of life. The event was piloted on September 20, 21, 27 and 28. The event was fully booked with 272 KS1/2 children over the four days. This schools event will now form part of the main teaching programme at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Project based at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse 11 Mobiles Traveller Community Project The Traveller Education Service working with Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse commissioned an artist to work with young people from three Norfolk traveller communities. The young people each produced model horses (a symbol of their community and a theme they chose themselves). The best of these were selected to be worked up into a life-size sculpture. The completed sculpture will be installed outside the admissions point to Gressenhall during the winter. It is called 'April's horse'. All the original models will form a long-term display at Gressenhall. Stuart Gillis, Breckland Area Museums Officer, NMAS, said "(The project) developed a really productive relationship with the Traveller Education Service. (They) have now started to use us as a venue for bringing some of the harder to reach children. This has also been excellent. It's all good argument for 'diversity' because there is such a strong sense of support for this project coming through our staff." Project based at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse 12 Creative Change Project King’s Lynn’s Community Outreach Officer was asked to lead a day workshop in an artist-led project for a group of 11 young people who have been deemed likely to drop out of school. The young people all live in the South Lynn area and are a mixture of Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and English travellers. The day was spent exploring the history of South Lynn looking at crimes, maritime activity, whaling, pilgrimage and the town’s long history of welcoming international settlers. This focussed on the trading links with the Baltic and Low Countries. The day included a visit to both Lynn Museums where the young people took a number of photographs, which are being used to inform their continuing artwork. It is hoped to develop a temporary exhibition at the Lynn Museum showing how the photographs taken by the young people have helped to create pieces of artwork. Project based at the Lynn Museums 13 Our Town This project will engage local communities of Great Yarmouth, one of the most deprived areas in our region with a high number of residents in the poorer economic groups, asylum seekers and refugees, in the recording, collecting and displaying the material culture and memories of the 20th century, and in particular, post World War II life. This will involve existing and new museum staff going out and working in the community, engaging people in activities such as oral history and contemporary museum collecting, and encouraging people to use their local museums. Renaissance funding will be used as match funding for a Your Heritage bid to HLF. Project based at Time and Tide 14 Outreach in King’s Lynn The HLF-funded Community Outreach project started in April 2005. Up to the end of August 2006 4,081 adults and children had participated in 84 events run across West Norfolk. During February half term 2006, 75 children & 47 adults participated in the Whales and Sea Monsters craft event for arranged by the Community Outreach Officer in King’s Lynn’s Town Hall, working in partnership with the borough council. During the Easter school holidays 2006 the Community Outreach Officer organised a programme of events for children in the Lynn Museum and at a range of rural community venues across West Norfolk. There were over 200 participants for the seven events. The Community Outreach Officer also ran a programme of summer outreach events. Over 20 sessions were run in rural and urban communities around West Norfolk including a number based in village halls. Attendances were very good and both children and adults enjoyed a range of craft-based activities including: Egyptian Book of the Dead; Mosaic Magic; King John’s Treasure; Madhatters Hats & Helmets; Beaks & Claws; Dinosaur Mosaics & Green Men of the Marshes. Project based at the Lynn Museum 15 Raising awareness of archaeology Following the success of several excellent joint events by Norfolk Landscape Archaeology (NLA) and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse it was decided to host an Archaeology Week at Gressenhall during the 2006 school summer holidays to raise the profile of the work of NLA amongst the public. Amongst the many activities conducted during the week one of the most popular was on Roman Food. This was based on a paper resource already developed by NLA. A handout on archaeological evidence from Norfolk for Roman food had been created several years ago. To bring the activity to life several of the recipes were cooked on the farm by Annette (Gressenhall volunteer) during Archaeology Week. The public enjoyed the opportunity to see and smell Roman recipes at first hand. Annette also raised awareness of the Norfolk Historic Environment Record by directing people to the NHER to find out more about their local archaeology. To reinforce the experience, a series of ‘fascinating facts’ about Roman cooking derived from the original paper resource and details about the NHER were left on tables in the café. Project based at Norfolk Landscape Archaeology/Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse 16 Looked After Children Following the success of last year's offer of free admission for Looked After Children, NMAS is repeating the offer again this year. We have mailed over 500 foster care families and care homes across Norfolk and over 50% have replied to request free admission vouchers. The vouchers give free admission to all our museums, for the family or group. In addition to the mailing we are also raising awareness of this offer by supporting a library service promotion to Looked After Children. Project based at NMAS 17 The Cinder Project The Cinder Project is a charity that works with children that have been subject to or have witnessed domestic violence. The King’s Lynn Community Outreach Officer organised a session in Sandringham woods that linked the Lynn Museums’ natural history collections, traditional folk law and the environmental history of the area. The aim of the session was to use the above elements to inspire imagination and creative thinking. The group focussed on developing ‘journey sticks’ as used by Aborigines. These are basically sticks onto which the children stick, tape or tie objects that they find as they are walking through the woods. Each object is a stimulus for a part of a story, which they will tell at the end of the journey. For example, a feather could be used to represent ‘a giant bird that swooped down from the trees’. The children were encouraged to take Polaroid photographs of trees and other objects, such as the sculptures that lined the path. The activity day was very well received and it is hoped to develop the subject matter to include more mythology and beliefs from past British cultures such as the Anglo- Saxons and Vikings. Project based at the Lynn Museums 20 "Teen Ages" The aims of this project are to: • increase understanding amongst young people in Broadland of what it was like to be a teenager in and around Norwich in the 1950s • build greater empathy between older people and young people, so that the old do not see the young as so intimidating out on the street, and the young are more aware that they can seem threatening without meaning to • show how inter-generational projects could help reduce the fear of crime amongst older people elsewhere in Norfolk This is a collaborative project with the Norfolk Arts Partnership (a three-year collaboration between Norfolk’s local authorities and Arts Council England, East). NAP successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for additional funding for this project in Broadland. The first two full days were held at the Castle at October half term and included a visit to Carrow House to look at the 1950s and 1960s clothes. The project will create a small touring exhibition on teenage culture in Norfolk over the past fifty years. The exhibition will be researched and developed by a group of 10 young people from the urban fringe of Norwich, working with: education staff and collections from Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service; a group of 10 older people from the generation that invented teenage culture in the 1950s; and professional artists and a designer. The exhibition will show how teenage fashion, music, gadgets and use of leisure time have changed over the past five decades. It will include original artefacts and oral history recordings (made by the group). The finished exhibition will tour fifteen community venues in Broadland, particularly local schools, in 2007. Project based at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Carrow House Costume & Textiles Study Centre 21 The Feast of Fenland Project The Greater Fens Museums Partnership has launched the Feast of Fenland Project, a travelling exhibition and outreach programme centred on food, past, present and future. The project will aim to improve access to, and awareness of museum collections and services in the Fens. The exhibition will be supported by outreach activities targeted at a range of audiences including young people, migrant workers and older people living in the Fens. The project will also offer a skills-sharing programme for staff and volunteers at partner Museums. The exhibition opens 3rd March 2007 at Wisbech Museum. The Greater Fens Museums Partnership is led by NMAS, lead partner for the East of England Museum Hub, and extends across county and regional boundaries to include Museums from Chatteris, Spalding, Ely, King’s Lynn, March, Peterborough, Ramsey, Whittlesey and Wisbech. The partnership is also supported by the East Midlands Hub. Project based at the Lynn Museum 22 Norfolk Heritage Explorer This project is publishing Norfolk’s Historic Environment Record online. The record contains over 50,000 records of archaeological sites, finds and buildings from the county. By publishing the computerised part of the archive online this information will be available to a much wider section of the community than previously. The new website will also showcase the history of cultural diversity in Norfolk, for example by considering the Strangers community in Norwich, the Dutch drainage of the fens and by highlighting multicultural finds from Norfolk (like Egyptian, Portuguese, Scandinavian and Dutch objects). The Outreach and Education Officer is also actively working with the travelling community, local diversity officers and volunteers to involve Norfolk’s communities in their heritage. Project based at Norfolk Landscape Archaeology Annex 2 Lynn Museum Development Project Summary of the draft report produced by Applejuice consulting as a long- term case study for the HLF Social Impact Survey Project Aim The project aims to improve physical and intellectual access to Lynn Museum collections, to broaden the Museum’s audience and develop new audiences and to contribute towards community and economic development. 1.0 PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DELIVERY Project Activities • Repairing and improving the fabric of the building, improving physical access to the museum collections, and enhancing the display and interpretation. • Appointment of a Community Outreach Officer who has been encouraging involvement in heritage and developing new audiences by taking museum collections into communities across west Norfolk and increasingly encouraging those audiences to access the collections in the museum. • An extensive range of community focused activities have been delivered in a variety of venues including village halls and community centres as well as within the Town House Museum in Kings Lynn and the Lynn Museum since it re-opened to the public. Project outreach activities have been successfully targeted at disadvantaged and often isolated communities building on partnerships and outreach activity developed during the first year of project delivery. • New displays are being developed within the museum to improve access to collections including items reflecting the area’s maritime and industrial history. Interpretation of exhibits is being improved and will enhance the quality of the visitor experience. New ideas for displaying artefacts and information are being tested during 2006 and museum visitors have been invited to give their views. A new exhibition has been mounted, The Changing Face of Lynn, which charts the history of King’s Lynn over the last 200 years. The refurbishment work will enable a series of major new displays to be mounted during 2007 including the West Norfolk Story, which will include part of the internationally significant 4,000 year old Holme timber circle, ‘Seahenge’. Partnerships Strong partnerships have been key to the successful delivery of the project. Partnerships have been developed with a wide range of local community based organisations and groups and have helped to reach and involve target groups including young people, people with mental health issues and learning difficulties and minority ethnic communities during the past year. Joint events have been organised with a number of organisations such as the PCT and Aspergers Norfolk. The Community Outreach Officer has continued to strengthen partnerships developed during the first year of the project and to work with new partner organisations. 2.0 PARTICIPATION Who Participates and How? The project has a clear commitment to engage with non-traditional museum audiences. The target audiences include: • people living in isolated rural communities • people living in disadvantaged urban areas • under 5’s and young mothers • adolescents • elderly people including those using day or residential care facilities • local schools not currently using museum services • adults on low incomes • adults with basic skills needs • asylum seekers • ethnic minority communities • disabled people not currently using museum services • residents of Holme parish (Seahenge) • regional/national archaeological groups (Seahenge) • further education archaeology students (Seahenge) The Community Outreach Officer has been successful in targeting these different communities and has increased the range of target groups being engaged with during the second year of delivery. For example there has been an influx of asylum seekers to the area, along with groups of migrant workers primarily from Eastern Europe. Working with the local Chinese community an exhibition was organised that celebrated the Chinese cultural contribution to British culture. The exhibition included Chinese artefacts from Norwich Castle Study Centre and was displayed in the museum foyer and in Gaywood Library, which serves an area with a relatively high concentration of Chinese residents. The exhibition is currently on tour around museums and libraries. Over the three years the Community Outreach Officer will be in post, it is estimated that in excess of 3,000 people will have participated in project activities including 800 teenagers and 500 adults. On average 20 children participate in the outreach sessions held in villages and community venues and the sessions held at the museum. Approximately 12-15 children participate in the activity sessions held in the museum on Saturdays. 3.0 ACHIEVEMENTS AND IMPACT Benefits to Individuals Increase in Knowledge and Understanding of Heritage The project activities have been designed to increase understanding through access to the museum collections. For example a series of children’s activities have used items from the collections to support learning. “The children were really excited to hold real fossils and learn about prehistoric sea creatures” Mother attending activity Initial sessions have been held in community venues with follow-up sessions being held at Lynn Museum since it re-opened. The aim has been to encourage people to visit the museum collections and increase their knowledge. Transport has been provided to overcome a potential barrier to access as many participants live in remote areas, have low incomes and limited access to transport. “We went to a dinosaur event at Gayton Village Hall which we heard about through a leaflet from school. The children enjoyed it so much we went to another event at the museum and have tried to go to as many sessions as we can as they have been fantastic”. Mother attending activity Access to artefacts found locally have been important in increasing knowledge of local history. Different cultures and localities have been compared, for example at an Egyptian event, enabling participants to learn about cultural heritage and local history. “I got to hold a real dinosaur in a piece of red chalk from Hunstanton. It was awesome!” 8 year old attending activity The activity themes have been chosen to link with the national curriculum and support learning in schools, for example school visits were arranged for Egyptian activity sessions. Items from the collections have been used in reminiscence sessions for elders, for example in care homes or local community venues, and these sessions play an important part in supporting older people in the community. Enjoyment, Inspiration and Creativity Children and families taking part in a range of activities had clearly enjoyed themselves and gave very positive feedback. “The boys are really excited when I tell them we are coming to the museum”. Father attending activity Children’s activities and events held during the holidays and at weekends inspire creative activities such as making dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, mask making, mosaics, pottery, jewellery making and have included storytelling and drama workshops. “My son loves wildlife and watches wildlife programmes on TV. He has been fascinated to see the birds and to find out about them, how they move and what they eat and is thrilled with the mask he made”. Mother attending activity Development of Personal Skills and Capabilities Participants in project activities have improved different skills including creative skills, for example participants in a Viking and Saxon event made items of jewellery. The project has also enhanced social skills and confidence. Many participants are from isolated communities and are socially and economically disadvantaged and the outreach activities have brought people together, for example young mothers, to take part in enjoyable activities. Young people have been encouraged to develop their listening skills and research skills, and to explore the museum collections. Attitudes and Values Parents and carers reported that children had improved their confidence and self esteem as a result of participating in activities. “She is very proud of the things she has made and they take pride of place in her room”. Mother attending event Children talked about being inspired by participating in events. “I want to be an archaeologist”. 8 year old attending activity Change in Activity, Behaviour, Progression Children that had taken part in activities were very keen to take part in further activities and the number of visits to the museum has increased as a result of the project activities. “I haven’t been here since I was at school but we will definitely be coming again”. Mother attending activity “I love taking the children to the museum. As a family we have visited a museum in Wales and a coal mining museum in Sheffield. I want us to learn about the world around us”. Mother attending activity Many people visited the museum for the first time after taking part in a community event, for example during Archaeology Week events were held in Sheldon and Denver with a follow-up session at the museum and most of those attending stated that it was the first time they had visited the museum. “After coming to a fossil event, my son has been digging up the garden trying to find fossils”. Mother attending activity Benefits to Communities Providing Community Focus The refurbishment of the museum has been an important element of regeneration activity in King’s Lynn. The museum occupies a Grade ll listed building in the centre of the town and is an important local landmark. The improvements in displays and interpretation of exhibits are already raising the profile of the museum locally and local people have been very positive about the improvements. “I think the building is a lot nicer to visit”. Mother attending activity The success of the outreach activities has brought people from diverse backgrounds into the museum from across a wide area of west Norfolk. Social Cohesion The activities have been useful in bringing different groups and communities together. “We came with some other people from our village and it was really nice to do the activities together”. 10 year old girl participating in activity “When I came to the UK and moved to Norfolk I visited the museum because I wanted to find out about the area and it was really useful. I come here quite often now and my children have learnt a lot about their new home”. Mother attending activity Activity sessions held in Barroway Drove have been particularly well attended and brought two parts of the village together through a shared activity. Improved Intergenerational Links The project activities have brought families together to enjoy themselves and learn about heritage. Parents are encouraged to work with their children, particularly younger children, in the creative sessions. Social Inclusion The Community Outreach Officer has been very successful in engaging with disadvantaged communities and this was a key aim of the project. Kings Lynn and west Norfolk include areas of deprivation and there are a number of particular groups and communities that experience exclusion. The Community Outreach Officer has been holding events in rural isolated villages in the Fens and targeting groups including young people, teenagers, pre school children and families living in deprived wards, as in the first year of project delivery and during the second year has been successful in bringing these communities into the museum in Kings Lynn. For example links have been made with a charity supporting victims of domestic violence and their children. At least 30 different children, in small groups, have participated in a number of the museum’s children’s activities. After the sessions the children visit the museum to look at the collections. “The children have really enjoyed their visits to take part in the activities and would not normally have opportunities like this. It is a real treat and they have got a lot out of it”. Care worker Young mothers, young people at risk of exclusion and members of minority ethnic communities and disabled people have all benefited from participating in outreach activities. Strengthened Local Organisations The refurbishment of the museum and the provision of high quality children’s activities delivered on an outreach basis have strengthened partnerships with a number of local organisations and agencies and have raised the profile of the museum further during the past year.