Partnership launched to promote education with focus on history

A new partnership is being launched to improve English and maths skills through '¨the power of heritage education.

Wessex Archaeology and the Workers’ Educational Association have formed a link to promote and deliver educational outreach with heritage at its heart.

This shared ethos will be celebrated at an event at the WEA’s Omega Centre in Portsmouth on Monday.

Wessex Archaeology chief executive Chris Brayne and Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the WEA, will be signing a memorandum of understanding.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas is attending to speak about the Mary Rose and WEA 
students will be there to help show that heritage 
themes can support the teaching of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and literacy.

Mr Brayne said: ‘The WEA and Wessex Archaeology share a belief that knowledge has the power to change lives and that the right to access education goes beyond traditional education.

‘We see this partnership as a means to magnify the impact of the activities of both organisations and to reach new audiences in new ways.’

Ms Spellman said: ‘The partnership with Wessex Archaeology is very valuable to our students.

‘It encourages intellectual curiosity and lifelong opportunities to learn which we are passionate about in the WEA.’

She added: ‘I look forward to seeing the impact on individuals and their communities.’