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Give the Gift of Culture this Christmas

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is seeking businesses to pledge funds to supply schools in socially and economically deprived areas of Newcastle with a year’s access to high quality cultural assets in a new Christmas campaign.

The Boxes of Delight loans programme enables teachers to take the museum into the classroom with themed boxes containing real/replica objects and costumes.

Clare Smith, Learning and Engagement Manager at TWAM said:

“The Boxes of Delight scheme enables children, young people and their teachers to actively engage with history in their own environment. Objects stimulate curiosity and conversation, generating new ideas and learning.

“Pupils really benefit from being able to bring stories to life through connecting with objects that reflects TWAM's collections and their own region’s heritage, particularly when they may have limited access to their local museums.”

Schools usually pay for membership to the Boxes of Delight service giving them access to support and enhance their teaching and enrich children’s learning.

The TWAM Christmas Gift Appeal is raising £5,000 to give annual membership to ten schools who are not able to visit museums or have the funds to subscribe to the Boxes of Delight service.

TWAM is keen to hear from businesses willing to pledge support now – with match funding from The Big Give online campaign which goes live at Christmas, which will double the impact of a business's gift. For further information, see www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge.

This means businesses can give the gift of culture to a classroom in one of the areas of Newcastle most in need. A £100 pledge (minimum pledge) will provide one box to a school. £500 pledge will provide five boxes to a school. £1000 pledge will provide 10 boxes.

For more information and to pledge your support please contact Catherine Kirkham on [email protected]