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Royal visitor spellbinds pupils in a storytelling activity at Doncaster’s newest attraction

Doncaster’s Danum Gallery, Library and Museum (DGLAM) had a special visitor earlier this month who enthralled young pupils with some storytelling.

HRH The Earl of Wessex read to year 2 pupils from Hill Top Academy, as part of his tour of the building whilst on a visit to Doncaster and South Yorkshire. The Earl read from The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers as he visited the children’s library.

Beryce Nixon, CEO Exceed Learning Partnership which runs the academy said the royal visit was a real boost for the young pupils: “It has been an excellent opportunity for our pupils to visit the museum and learn more about their cultural heritage as well as take part in the inspiring literacy sessions.

“Meeting The Earl is a once in a lifetime opportunity which made them feel so special and valued. It was priceless to see their faces and eagerness to ask questions. The museum is an asset to Doncaster and our local communities.”

The academy’s year 5 pupils took part in literacy / history session exploring artefacts from the past and their use and some of them had the opportunity to discuss them with The Earl of Wessex.

And the children certainly were thrilled at having a royal visitor to their lesson:

“I enjoyed meeting Prince Edward because he told us all about the antique washboard and I loved the huge library because I love to read” – Scarlett

“It was lovely to meet Prince Edward but I was a bit shy because I had never met a member of the Royal Family before” – Matty

“The best thing about the museum was looking at all the old objects and meeting Prince Edward. I loved the locomotive – it was huge!” – Cody

As well as visiting the library section of the three story building with the retiring Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, The Earl saw first-hand how the new building built around the former Doncaster High School for Girl’s facade, is now home to historic artefacts from Doncaster’s history through the ages, the art gallery, the Kings Own Yorkshire Infantry (KOYLI) gallery and the rail heritage centre complete with two steam locomotives.

Pupils also shared their hands on learning experiences with the royal visitor and how visiting DGLAM was helping them explore and understand their communities’ heritage.

The Earl was welcomed to DGLAM by the Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Cllr Richard Allan Jones and the Mayoress, Elizabeth Jones, along with Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, Cabinet member for Culture, Cllr Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council Chief Executive Damian Allen; Riana Nelson and Leanne Hornsby, Director and Assistant Director of children’s service.

Civic Mayor, Cllr Richard Allan Jones said it was a delight to welcome the Earl of Wessex to Doncaster.

“It was an honour to welcome His Royal Highness to our wonderful new learning facility and to showcase this amazing place. I’m sure he enjoyed his visit here and has happy and enduring memories of Doncaster as a result,” he said.

The Earl, during a private visit lasting more than hour on Thursday November 4, also took in the community gallery which included a display on the recent floods and the borough’s resilience, a brooch on loan from Her Majesty the Queen belonging to the Queen Mother and the Doncaster Grammar Sch

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