Hackney Council,

National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded to aid adult learning in the borough

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Hackney Learning Trust and Hackney Museum have received a £9,900 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting project working with adults who are learning English. 

Made possible by money raised from National Lottery players, the project builds on a previous collaboration between Hackney Adult Learning Service’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) team and Hackney Museum.

The 24-week structured programme will use collections from the museum to explore the history of the borough, and the role that people from diverse backgrounds have played in it. 

The project, which will run for four hours each week is designed to enable language and literacy development for ESOL learners within the exploration of local history and heritage. 

This will be developed through classroom-based sessions exploring a range of sources, including objects, written accounts, oral recordings, newspaper articles, photographs, digital images and guided visits to exhibitions. 

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
We are thrilled to receive this support thanks to National Lottery players. I am confident the project will be a great opportunity for ESOL students to learn English in a creative way whilst also discovering and drawing connections with Hackney’s rich cultural heritage.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

The course will be based on three main themes reflected in the museum’s collection: migration; work; home and there will be a particular emphasis on the role that migration and migrants have played in shaping Hackney’s heritage.

A pack of learning resources from the course will be produced and made available to other ESOL teachers in digital form via the Hackney Learning Trust website to provide a model for meaningful engagement with local history and heritage for learners of English nationally. 

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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For further information, images and interviews please contact the Hackney Learning Trust:

Email: info@learningtrust.co.uk or Tel: 020 8820 7000