Carrick pupils ‘takeover’ Belfast museum

Primary 4 pupils from Central Integrated Primary School Carrickfergus and artist Dawn Crothers took over the Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum last week for Kids in Museum's annual Takeover Day.
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The museum, based in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, was closed to visitors so that Miss Millar's class could explore the true story of Sheila the Elephant who became a familiar sight on the Whitewell Road in the north of the city in 1941.

Commenting on the event, a spokesperson said: “The children heard the story of how Zookeeper Denise Austin brought Sheila home to her backyard to protect her from the air raids.

“Using images supplied by Belfast Zoo for inspiration, artist Dawn Crothers took the children on a step by step journey to create their very own elephant.

“For their hard work, the east Antrim students were rewarded with a two-ounce ration of sweets which is to last them a whole week!”

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