Primary schools in the district are being given the opportunity to ‘adopt an object’ in a new scheme run by the city council’s museums and galleries service.

The project enables every school to take ‘ownership’ of a special object from the city’s museums collection, offering the chance to inspire and engage children outside the classroom.

It was launched at the Beaney this morning (Monday 15 May), when Wincheap Primary School adopted everybody’s favourite saggy old cloth cat, Bagpuss – and pupils had the opportunity to meet his co-creator, Peter Firmin.

Following the launch, all primary schools will be contacted to arrange the adoption of their very own object and supporting activity. They will also receive a certificate to officially mark the adoption of their item.

The council’s Director of Museums and Galleries, Joanna Jones, said: “We want all of the district's children to feel connected to Canterbury's rich history and ‘adopt an object’ will help them to build a sense of ownership of their museum's fascinating collection. We hope that their adopted objects will inspire creativity, discovery and play as a way of enabling learning.

“The launch event was very special and it was lovely to see the children from Wincheap Primary School enjoying their time with us so much.”

Although all schools will be contacted directly in due course, those wishing to get involved sooner can email learning.officers@canterbury.gov.uk