National Museums Northern Ireland supports education through parental engagement initiative

National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) are Northern Ireland’s foremost cultural, learning and tourist destinations consisting of the Ulster Museum, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Ulster American Folk Park.

National Museums Northern Ireland is responsible for the presentation of the inspiration collections that reflect the creativity, innovation, history, culture and people of Northern Ireland.

What National Museums Northern Ireland did
NMNI core business is to collect, preserve and care for the national collections for which it is responsible. In addition, NMNI aims to increase access to these collections to the widest possible range of audiences, in particular, non-traditional and ‘hard-to-reach’ audiences. To achieve this, NMNI developed a partnership with the Parent Support Programme in the Education Authority in 2011 and since then a number of creative programmes have been developed.

The programmes developed aim to encourage the parental involvement of families in the top 10% of areas of high social and economic deprivation and have two strands based on the Northern Ireland Curriculum – Early Years and Key Stage 2. Activities within each strand include a storytelling Kiosk, weekends at the museum initiative, movie making projects and custom made books to name a few.

Key impacts and outcomes

  • Around 7,500 parents, children and teachers from 43 schools have participated since 2011
  • Raised £145,000 to support delivery of parental engagement programmes
  • 2000 family tickets supplied by NMNI
  • 30,000 Berkeley Bear books donated
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