LOCAL children are being given the chance to get up close and personal with fascinating museum artefacts in their own classrooms The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is offering schools the chance to borrow models for an entire term, free of charge.

LOCAL children are being given the chance to get up close and personal with fascinating museum artefacts in their own classroomsThe Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is offering schools the chance to borrow models for an entire term, free of charge. Many of the models have come from the Bristol Museum Collection and cover a wide range of subjects. They include a blast furnace, Victorian lace samples, a Roman hypocaust, traditional carts, ploughs and even a Tudor ship.Julian Vayne, museum heritage access officer, said: "We're looking to lend them to schools that will be able to borrow them for a whole term."Each model is boxed in a robust display case and the quality of manufacture is excellent. These are great resources for schools to use and each loan is free of charge."Cllr David Butt, the council's lead member for cultural services and assistant head teacher at Braunton College, added: "These museum models are a great way to bring lessons to life and make them really interactive. "Julian from the museum has already visited Braunton College and I intend to use some of the models here at school."For more information on the scheme and the models that are available, teachers can contact Julian Vayne on (01271) 346747 or email julian.vayne@northdevon.gov.uk