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All of the 31 museums who ran a Relic trail over the Easter holidays said they’d keep using it:
“Every child you mention it to has heard of Relic and they are all very excited about the trail.”
“So far we’ve had a lot of visitors asking for it especially. My hunch is that it has brought in new audiences and an inter-generational element. I’ve noticed a lot of grandparents and grandchildren using it – more than with other trails we have on offer.”
“The message from front of house staff who’ve been administering the answers/certificates is that they’re going down really well. A number of parents have spontaneously commented that they appreciated something that got the children really looking at the collection, which I was really pleased to hear!”
Rachel Grocke is Deputy Curator of the Oriental Museum at Durham University, one of the venues that ran a successful Relic trail. She reported:
“In the run up to Easter it seemed as if every other parent I spoke to was raving about how great the Relic series was. Children loved Agatha the tour guide, the challenges, the Dark Lord and the idea of being locked in a dark, spooky museum overnight; parents loved the fact that their children were learning so much about fascinating objects without even realising it. When the A History of the World newsletter came out asking museums if they were interested in developing their own Relic trails, there was no question that I wanted the Oriental Museum to be involved.
“We developed a trail that had a couple of challenges that would be achievable for younger children and one or two harder challenges too. The objects were spread throughout the museum to try to get families to visit galleries they might not explore otherwise. There are five challenges so it didn’t take too much staff time to put the trail together on the template provided.
“It has been hugely popular. Staff have also really enjoyed the interaction with visiting families as they talk through the answers to the challenges and write out the certificates. We are now considering developing a second trail covering other galleries or aimed at slightly older children, so that families have a choice.”