Fort honoured for its educational work

Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend.
Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend.

A popular visitor attraction has been rewarded for its work with schools.

Segedunum Roman Fort, in Wallsend, has been given a Sandford Award for the quality of activities and sessions in its educational programme.

In 2014-15, the fort was visited by more than 9,000 children and young people in educational activities.

Iain Watson, director of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums said: “The quality of the events we organise for teachers and pupils is very important to us and this recognition by The Sandford Awards judges reflects the hard work and enthusiasm of our learning staff.”

At Segedunum, pupils find out about life as a Roman soldier including the clothing worn and the weapons they used. School groups get up close to Roman artefacts that have been excavated at the site and learn to march and chant as a unit of soldiers.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Segedunum is a much-loved museum which is extremely popular with both North Tyneside schools, and those further afield, as well as attracting other visitors from around the world.

“We’re very fortunate to have it right here on our doorstep. I’d like to congratulate Segedunum on this fantastic achievement, it is very well-deserved.”

Five other Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums venues have also been given the Sandford Award including Newcastle’s Great North Museum and Discovery Museum.

A spokesperson for the Sandford Award said: “Segedunum is a worthy winner of its third Sandford Award, having maintained and enhanced the presentation of local, national and international heritage to a very high level for at least ten years.”

Segedunum Roman Fort is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of North Tyneside Council.