World War One battlefield in miniature wins national award

Pictured at the awards were Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council with Anne Marie Forbes, Mayo County Council and coordinator of the Jackie Clarke Collection, Linda Hegarty, teacher facilitator of the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Siobhan Leonard, collection teacher advisory group, Jackie Clarke Collection.

Pictured at the awards were Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council with Anne Marie Forbes, Mayo County Council and coordinator of the Jackie Clarke Collection, Linda Hegarty, teacher facilitator of the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Siobhan Leonard, collection teacher advisory group, Jackie Clarke Collection.

A Ballina exhibition, which recreated a World War One battle scene in miniature, has been named the most innovative event during National Heritage Week 2014.

 The Jackie Clarke Collection won the award for its exhibition ‘Toy Soldiers - WWI Diorama’.

“The main objective of the event was to host a ‘living history’ experience for children,” said the award citation.

“A World War One battlefield diorama was at the central focus, a miniature recreation of a surprise German attack on British trenches using a British Mark IV tank.

“In conjunction with this, the teacher facilitators at the Jackie Clarke Collection prepared and facilitated a number of curriculum based activities centred on the events of 100 years ago.

“These activities were designed to actively engage primary school children in learning about World War I.

“Activities included a brief presentation with an introduction to the war using films and images showing the impact on the life of the soldiers who participated.”

The National Heritage Week Event Awards were hosted by the Heritage Council in recognition of those who organised events during Heritage Week, from August 17 to 25 last.

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