Historic house in Co Antrim wins educational award

The pupils have been learning all about life in Victorian times. Credit: UTV

An historic house and visitor centre in Co Antrim has been handed a prestigious award for its education programmes.

It's the third time Sentry Hill in Carnmoney has come out on top for its work with young children.

The pupils of Greenisland PS have been learning all about life in Victorian times.

And it’s lessons on a tour like this which have helped Sentry Hill scoop the prestigious Sandford Award for the third time.

Custodian Wesley Bonar said: “The unique thing about Sentry Hill is that it’s the original house in its original state.

“You’ll see things here that are 200 years old, you’ll see things here that are 30 years old, but the house remained intact.”

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Studying the history of the period home and its contents form the basis of valuable lessons for the schoolchildren.

Tracy Falls, vice principal at Greenisland PS, said: “There’s no lesson that I could possibly do within the classroom, that could give them the real-life learning experience that Sentry Hill provides - they come here and they see the clothing, the artefacts, the house and the home.”

For the pupils, learning about the Victorian and Edwardian eras has opened up a new world.

Harper McCloskey, a pupil at Greenisland, said: “I like it because they haven't changed anything dramatically but they changed the lights but I like it that way.”

The educational tours continue for school children through the school term.