Students from the Kick the Dust project are pictured at the ceremony with Norfolk Museums Service’s learning and engagement officer Rachael Williams and West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress, Harry and Brenda Humphrey. Picture: Ian Burt

Students who have completed an online course about museums and heritage were presented with certificates to mark the end of their project.

Norfolk County Council initiative Kick the Dust (KTD), is funded by the English Lottery Heritage Fund and provides opportunities for young people to get involved in their local heritage to create meaningful change in museums through projects, groups and work experience.

As part of the 13-week online work experience programme, the students created and curated an exhibition at the Stories of Lynn Museum, made a film about the South Gate, helped promote the council’s recycling programme and took on work experience placements at the museum.

They also had the opportunity to preview works of art in the King’s Lynn Festival exhibition Past Times, New Horizons. 

The presentation took place at King’s Lynn Town Hall last Sunday and students from West Norfolk and across the country were presented with certificates by borough mayor Harry Humphrey.

Rachael Williams, Norfolk Museums Service’s learning and engagement officer for Stories of Lynn and project worker for KTD Norfolk, said: “The students spoke to the mayor about the progress they had made and how their confidence had grown, particularly in public speaking and working with people they didn’t know. 

“It was really interesting to hear how far they had come in their personal development.”

The KTD exhibition is in the Shakespeare Barn in St George’s Guildhall Complex on King Street until Sunday, August 15, from 11am to 4pm.

Anyone aged 12 to 25 years old and interested in joining Kick the Dust can email kickthedust@norfolk.gov.uk or go to www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/join-and-support/kick-the-dust