Two Wakefield-based members, Kingston Unity Friendly Society and National Coal Mining Museum for England, have teamed up to highlight and celebrate the history of both organisations.
Kingston Unity Friendly Society's newly launched initiative, Kingston Community, will sponsor the museum’s ‘Art Cart’, which provides art supplies and activities for young visitors to the Museum. These change throughout the year according to which themes and exhibitions are current.
Kingston Community aims to strengthen links with Kingston Unity members and get involved in grass root activities in their various localities. Sponsorship of the Art Cart is just one element of a growing partnership between the two organisations.
Kate Wright, direct channel manager at Kingston Unity said: “A partnership with the National Coal Mining Museum made perfect sense. Our histories have many parallels, and we have supported families from industrial backgrounds for generations.
“We’re hoping the Art Cart will be put to good use by the families who visit the museum, and we’re looking forward to seeing how creative they can be.”
Liz Orme, Development Officer at the National Coal Mining Museum for England added: “Last year just under 59,000 children visited the museum and the Art Cart is a wonderful facility which helps them get a little extra from their trip. Kingston Community’s sponsorship has meant we can refresh the cart and stock it with new materials and activities. We look forward to extending our partnership over the coming 12 months.”
The National Coal Mining Museum is currently looking for volunteers to promote and semi-facilitate the art cart activities. Visit www.ncm.org.uk/opportunities for more information.
The National Coal Mining Museum aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Kingston Unity was founded in Hull in 1840 and provides a range of investment services.