The Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of Bath Preservation Trust’s museums but – during this second period of lockdown – the body has being working closely with local children’s centres and food banks to co-ordinate the provision of family activity packs.
A spokesperson for BPT told Bath Newseum:
” These will reach children in need within the community. It will enable them to take part in creative activities and we hope they all enjoy what has been put together.
300 packs have been created so far, with more coming at Christmas. With craft resources, instruction sheets and ways to share what they make, these packs have been made for specific age groups, from early years to Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Ruth Yoxon, learning & Engagement Officer, said:
“Lockdown has brought significant challenges for schools and families. It has been difficult to provide access to creative learning without being able to connect children with our museums, collections and work. We have sought more creative solutions such as digital resources, which have been well received.
Creating these packs, thanks to the grants we have received, has been a great way to support children in their learning and development. Next year we will create new loan boxes for schools and will also be launching our online classroom experiences. These packs will reach the children who need them and I am looking forward to creating some great and fun craft activities for Christmas.”
Director of Museums and Deputy Chief Executive Claire Dixon said:
“This has been a difficult time for Bath Preservation Trust but our role in the local community has continued. Much of our core work has carried on but this is only thanks to the grant support we have received. Work like this is a testament to the value we bring and the support that we offer to the residents of Bath.”