Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone & The Weald and Minister for Tourism, attended a schools' 'Explorer Day' at Maidstone Museum on Friday as part of the Museums and Schools' project funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England, which aims to inspire children to become regular museum & cultural users.
Commenting on the visit, Helen said:
"I had a fantastic day at Maidstone Museum on Friday and I'm proud to bang the drum for the schools' 'Explorer Day' initiative as the local MP, as Minister for Tourism and as President of the Board of Trustees for Maidstone Museums' Foundation.
"Indeed, banging the Japanese Taiko drums with the children provided the highlight of the day's entertainment - and it was brilliant to see the children so engaged in the range of educational activities that the Museum offers.
"Maidstone Museum is a superb local attraction boasting an internationally renowned collection of artefacts - a great day out for all the family and a fun but informative way of keeping the kids entertained over the summer holidays!"
Maidstone Museum Cultural Services Manager, Laura Case, added:
"The event has been a wonderful opportunity to provide access to our ethnographic collections through the Museums and School's project, funded by Arts Council England. Schools that visited us were inspired by our amazing objects and the exciting activities that we ran linked to the objects countries of origin. We will be running more events like this in future as they are a great stimulus for creativity and engagement with heritage."
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