Social enterprise, Sporting Heritage has teamed up with illustrator and education consultant, Jessica Hartshorn to create a series of free illustrated online resources and activities thanks to an Arts Council England grant.

The eight free resources, aimed at children aged between 7-14 years, will all be drawn by hand by Hartshorn and distributed over the next 11 months to provide digital access to museum collections and hidden stories to engage new audiences and families in sporting heritage in a creative and unique way.

Providing a great source of indoor entertainment, each resource will be launched ready for school holidays and in line with national events, such as National Sporting Heritage Day.

The first activity released is a Christmas ‘match-it’ game showcasing 24 pieces of sporting memorabilia, artefacts and objects from sport museums across the country.

Other activities will include building and constructing a sporting museum, Top Trump female sporting heroes, ‘Spot it’ illustration with a disability in sport focus, ‘Did you know?’ illustrated fact sheets, and puzzles linking to women in sport, disability in sport and unusual sporting objects through time.

Jessica said, “Through these unique and bespoke illustrations, families can creatively learn remotely about the wonderful world of heritage, challenge stereotypes and develop awareness of sporting collections across the country that they may otherwise never have known about.”

Sporting Heritage founding director, Dr. Justine Reilly adds, “We’re delighted to have received funding for the Hidden Histories Illustrated project which brings together arts, culture and sport beautifully.

“During the current pandemic, it has been integral that museums work closely together to support each other in new ways of working while continuing their important and positive heritage education programmes. All the resources created will be available to museums across the country, and we hope to develop a model of working for family resources for the future.”

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