The Mystery of Prehistory

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We have been busy over the lovely summer creating our new prehistory workshop for KS2 primary schools. When the new history curriculum 2014 was announced last year, many have been terrified by the inclusion of prehistory. It is a completely new subject for many teachers and can be quite complex to teach to lower KS2.

The workshop we have created is an introduction to the three areas of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. To ensure the information in the workshop is right, we have been working closely with our Collections Manager Rose Nicholson, who is a trained archaeologist and lecturer at the University of Hull. It has taken quite a few months to get the workshop right, but we are really pleased with the end result. Our resources have now started to arrive including archaeologist clothing and replica artefacts.

The workshop is very multi-sensory and skills based. It gives the children the opportunity to learn for themselves how the people of North Lincolnshire developed through the three periods of prehistory. The children will examine local artefacts from North Lincolnshire which enables the workshop to be included as a local history study. There is also plenty of opportunity for every child to handle real and replica objects and investigate the finds for themselves.

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To book this workshop or for more information please emailmuseum@northlincs.gov.uk. We have a full programme of workshops on offer from September which can be found at http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/museums

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First World War Commemorations 2014

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We are currently working on a ‘Joining up the Humber’ Arts Council funded project with Hull Museums and East Riding Museum Service. The focus of the project this year has been the commemoration of the First World War.

We are providing lots of opportunities to be involved throughout the year. An exhibition opened at Normanby Hall in April 2014 and explores Normanby Hall as an auxiliary hospital. North Lincolnshire Museum ‘For King and Country’ exhibition opened in July 2014 and looks at how local people were affected by the War.

Both these exhibitions are available to schools as a self guide or as led sessions.

Primary schools should have all received their poppy packs now. We need children from across the Humber region to make over 10,000 commemorative poppies for a series of remembrance artworks.

Schools can drop off their completed poppies at collection points at North Lincolnshire Museum and Farming Museum at Normanby Hall Country Park. The last date for dropping off at a collection point is Sunday 5 October 2014.

The poppies will be used by artist Martin Waters to create art installations timed to coincide with Remembrance Sunday 2014 across the Humber region. The North Lincolnshire installation is at St Lawrence’s Church in Scunthorpe from 7 November until 20 November 2014.