Lunchtime talk – ‘Sensory Journeys: Bringing stories to life with your help’,

The second remote lunchtime talk from the Archives for Learning and Education Section for 2022 will take place in May, and is being given by Leslie Palanker.

Leslie is an Assistant Learning Officer for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM). She has worked across the service’s museums and galleries and has developed and led numerous learning programs for primary, secondary, and early years’ children, families, Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) schools and units and adults with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

Prior to working for TWAM, she lived in Nice, France and was the head of the Primary EAL Department for the International School of Nice for ten years. An integral part of its program, was utilising the creative arts in teaching.

Leslie’s talk, ‘Sensory Journeys: Bringing stories to life with your help’, will be held using Microsoft Teams at 1pm on Monday 9 May 2022. It will highlight how TWAM are engaging with SEND, PMLD and hard-to-reach disadvantaged audiences, through innovative digital sensory story telling sessions. Using materials easily found or made at home or in school, the stories are brought to life with sights, sounds, smells and tastes. You can find out how these stories and their supporting resources help all audiences with their health and wellbeing, by offering inclusive and meaningful experiences through sensory engagement. After the talk, there will be the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speaker.

The event is free to attend for ARA members. To book a place, please complete this online form by Tuesday 3 May 2022. Information on how to join will be sent to attendees a couple of days ahead of the event.


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