Wheels of Time
Ashford Museum is the lead partner in Wheels of Time, a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 25 Kent museums and heritage sites for 5-11 year olds.
Children aged 5-11 visiting the Museum or any of the venues involved will be given a different badge at each site, showing the site’s logo or related picture. A map featuring the Wheels of Time mascot, ‘Roamin Rex’, which guides children to all of the sites, can be collected from Ashford Museum, any of the other sites, some Tourist Information Centres or downloaded from the Wheels of Time website, wheelsoftime.uk.
Children who have collected 10 badges will be awarded Roamin' Rex's ‘Bronze Award Badge’, those that have 20 badges will receive a ‘Silver Award Badge’ and those that collect all 33 badges a special 2018 Wheels of Time Award Badge.
“Wheels of Time”®, “Roamin' Rex” and the Roamin' Rex logo are trademarks of Ashford Borough Museum Society
Kent Museums Group
Ashford Museum is a member of Kent Museums Group, an organization which works to support and develop museums and related bodies in Kent and Medway.
Its key aims are:
- To raise standards across all aspects of museum operation by helping to train members and supporting them through the Accreditation process.
- To host topical meetings for members and other interested people in order to provide a forum and to facilitate the sharing of skills and experience.
- To provide a central link for members to the network of regional and national agencies in the heritage sector and to raise issues of concern where necessary on behalf of our members.
- To coordinate and disseminate information widely about those collections and their associated evidence held in Kent’s museums.
- To raise public awareness of the quality of museum provision in Kent whilst promoting public access to Kent’s material culture.
Ashford Museum has recently become an approved “Public Learning Destination” for Kent Children’s University™. This means that we are authorised to issue Learning Credits in participating children’s Passports to Learning.
We are so proud of this partnership as the Validation process shows that our methods for inspiring and education children and young people meets with the Quality Assurance process of National Children’s University™ Trust.
Learning Credits Available
The activities for which the Museum is approved are:
- Wheels of Time Visit – 2h *
- Ashford Museum Trail – 1h
- Ashford Town Centre Heritage Trail – 1h
* includes Museum Trail
Please ask the Steward's for the Museum Trail and Town Centre Heritage Trail quiz sheets.
What is Kent Children’s University™?
Kent Children’s University™ (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5 to 14 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.
How does CU work?
The Children’s University (CU) is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours. Once registered through a school or direct through the local CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations.” Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning.
Once children achieve a fixed number of Learning Credits, they will have the opportunity to have their successes celebrated at a very special Graduation Ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or The University of Kent.