Reading all the rage at museum’s fun day

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A family fun day at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum will celebrate 100 years of literacy - with hands-on activities of all kind to educate and entertain.

The event on Saturday November 8 will give visitors the chance to send morse code using an original telegraph key or use a typewriter.

Children will be able to make and break their own secret codes and messages, taking inspiration from the World War II Enigma machine.

There’s a chance to make loom band bracelets with names and messages using letter beads, while families can play ‘guess the decade’ using clues ranging from football programmes and postcards to tickets and record sleeves.

“We are hoping that the event will inspire families to explore literacy together,” said Sabine Little from Sheffield University’s School of Education.

“Literacy is more than just books, and it’s more than just reading. The day at Weston Park will encourage people to play with language, with parents and grandparents sharing stories of their childhood, and for children to get a glimpse of how reading and writing has changed over the years.”

A Story Hut project will also be launched on the day, inviting people to audio record anecdotes and memories about reading habits.