Award for help with history

A SERVICE that has helped hundreds of schoolchildren learn about history has received national recognition.

Durham County Record Office, which has helped scores of east Durham youngsters as well as history enthusiasts, has been awarded the Learning outside the Classroom (LotC) Quality Badge.

The award recognises organisations that provide a high quality learning experience for youngsters outside of school.

The record office holds a wide range of archives relating to the history and heritage of County Durham, including maps, diaries and parish records.

It provides tailored learning sessions for groups of all ages and in recent years has run workshops on topics as diverse as the Tudors, the Suffragettes and local history, as well as covering subjects including art, history and science.

The LotC Quality Badge was launched in 2009 as part of a national initiative to ensure children have as many opportunities as possible to learn in interesting and exciting environments outside the classroom.

In order to gain the badge, providers must meet a set of six quality indicators, which cover both the visit itself and the clarity of the information provided to teaching staff.