Young visitors to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum can now enjoy a new attraction as a result of a partnership between National Museums Northern Ireland and the Education Authority.
A purpose-built story-telling kiosk was opened by pupils from Cliftonville Integrated Primary School who joined Education Authority Parent Support Co-ordinator Marian McKinney and Curator of Road and Rail Transport Mark Kennedy at the museum to officially open the new facility.
“We have had numerous storytelling events and have seen first-hand how effective and enriching storytelling can be, how it can transport the children to another world and stretch their imagination,” said Mark Kennedy.
The new story-telling kiosk is the result of a series of successful parental engagement programmes for nursery and year 1 children delivered by National Museums Northern Ireland in partnership with the Education Authority.
The kiosk used an original frontage from an Eason’s bookstall restored by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. The kiosk was funded by DCAL, and Easons stocked the kiosk with 30 books. Volunteers from the University of the Third Age (U3A) will be volunteering at the kiosk throughout the year.
“Story-time is a great way for families to spend quality time together and to help children become confident readers at an early age. There have been a number of storytelling programmes at the museum that have proved effective in engaging parents with their children’s education,” said Marian McKinney.
Mr Kennedy added: “We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors this new addition to the Rail gallery and are grateful to DCAL for making it possible.”