The award-winning learning team at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery found new ways to engage with children while they were learning from home during the most recent Covid-19 lockdown. The team have taken part of the Museum’s schools’ programme online, offering virtual assemblies on a range of topics, from Prehistory to the Vikings, and the History of Carlisle.

Sarah Forster, Schools and Families Coordinator at Tullie House said: “We have been overwhelmed with the interest in our assemblies. It has been so good to get back to what we love doing: engaging with schools. Even at home the children are just as keen to get involved and have certainly kept David on his toes with some very detailed questions.”

The sessions are an interactive presentation with questions and answers, delivered by David Gopsill. David, learning Facilitator at Tullie House said: "Our learning programme went online in February and we’ve hosted over 58 assemblies for 45 different schools not only in Cumbria but as far as Glasgow and Kingston Upon Thames. This totalled an amazing 1,700 Key Stage 1 & 2 children who participated in the interactive sessions, which included Prehistory, Vikings, Victorians and the History of Carlisle."

Teacher, Ireby School, Carlisle said: “It was absolutely brilliant! It was testament to David's approach that my class engaged so well with the content. It was a fantastic experience for them and explained some tricky topics in such a child-friendly but thought-provoking way and David was so good with the children."

Children may be back at school but Tullie House continue to offer virtual assemblies as an alternative way of learning until the museum can open its doors once again. Email schools@tulliehouse.org for more information.