Celebrating lockdown learning heroes

Twinkl Educational Publishing recognises Dundee Museum of Transport as a ‘Lockdown Learning Hero’ in Celebration of UNESCO International Day of Education

Three children with a replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Dundee Museum of Transport
A local family enjoy a fun day out at Dundee Museum of Transport

In celebration of the UNESCO International Day of Education 2021, Sheffield based Twinkl Educational Publishing launched its ‘Learning Heroes’ initiative, in which the publisher called for nominations for individuals, schools and organisations who demonstrated exceptional resilience in going above and beyond the call of duty in 2020 to provide safe and inspiring space for educational activities despite the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognising that 2020 brought major disruptions to children’s education, Dundee Museum of Transport was highlighted as an organisation that had gone above and beyond to ‘Recover and revitalise education for the COVID-19 generation’.

Dundee Museum of Transport was featured in Twinkl’s ‘Celebrating Lockdown Learning Heroes’ for its commitment to adapting to COVID-safe regulations and its commendable community spirit, providing equal opportunities for young learners to experience local history and unique encounters with local transport throughout the pandemic.

Museum manager Alexander Goodger said, “During the 2020 lockdown we continued to maintain engagement with our audiences, hosting free online Zoom quizzes for families with some great prizes. We also published a quarterly online magazine - Klaxon - with information about transport heritage providing a great resource for families learning at home. Regular content was also posted on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.”

Whilst forced to close between March and July in 2020, the museum was able to reopen on the 15th July with their “We're good to go” industry-standard safety accreditation, and a new one-way system and deep cleaning policy.

Throughout the October holidays the museum offered free entry for all children to ensure no one was excluded. The Museum is looking forward to re-opening in the Spring of 2021 with a new Toys and Models exhibition, along with a refurbished Board Game Cafe with over 100 games for families to play.