Getting a feel for history

PUBLISHED: 12:48 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:48 06 May 2010

HISTORY is being brought back to life for people across North Herts. Cas Sanders, the learning officer for Hitchin and Letchworth GC museums, provides a broad range of educational activities for school children and the elderly. Using her years of curating

HISTORY is being brought back to life for people across North Herts.

Cas Sanders, the learning officer for Hitchin and Letchworth GC museums, provides a broad range of educational activities for school children and the elderly.

Using her years of curating and educational experience, Cas arranges activity days for children of all ages, including Victorian invention days and a science day called 2feet4feet.

She said: "This is one of the few places where children are told 'this is 2,000 years old but you can touch it and you can pick it up.' It could be the first time they are told they are valued and trusted and I think that's really important."

Cas also takes her work out of the museum with regular trips to local care homes.

She added: "Some elderly people can't make it to the museum, so we bring it to them. Our reminiscence boxes contain memory stimulating objects, such as a simple box of talc, and this has proven to be a therapeutic process for the elderly, encouraging social interaction and stimulating their memory."

Cas is looking for volunteers - particularly if they can remember World War II.

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to know more about the sessions, call 01462 422946.

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