Norfolk boy’s bedroom museum gets special status

Samuel Boore (6) has turned his bedroom into a military museum. Picture: Ian Burt Samuel Boore (6) has turned his bedroom into a military museum. Picture: Ian Burt

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Sunday, March 16, 2014
11:00 AM

Education officials have presented a boy who turned his bedroom into a military museum with a special certificate, which enables children who visit and study there to claim Children’s University credits.

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Samuel Boore’s museum at the family home in Stow Road, Magdalen, near King’s Lynn, has been given Children’s University learning destination status, which means his bedroom is now on a par with King’s Lynn Town Museum and other sites.

The youngster, who is seven next Thursday, said it was “epic”.

His father Warren Boore, 49, said: “Sam’s beside himself and bewildered at what is happening.

“It’s also having a snowball effect in that other kids are getting interested in military museums.

“I just think it’s incredible and am so pleased for him. It’s great recognition for what he’s done.”

Mick Castle, cabinet member for education and schools at Norfolk County Council, said: “The Children’s University encourages children to go that extra mile with their learning and challenge themselves in exciting ways. It aims to give children a love of learning beyond the classroom and gives children stamps and certificates to mark their achievements.

“We’ve been so impressed that Sam has chosen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for war planes and has gone to such lengths to make his museum. By accrediting it as a learning destination the museum will be shared with Children’s University members nationwide, and more importantly, his classmates will be able to visit and get a stamp in their university passport.”

Children either sign up through their school or via their library for the Children’s University.

They receive a passport to learning and collect stamps from learning destinations, such as Sam’s museum. They get certificates along the way, and an annual graduation ceremony is held at the UEA.

Sam set up a military museum in his bedroom after he visited the 
aviation heritage centre at RAF Marham.

He’s been charging people to visit it in aid of the armed forces charity, the Bridge for Heroes, and has already raised more than £200.

His bedroom walls are covered with model aeroplanes and camouflage netting, and the room is filled with books on the military – he even has military-style pyjamas.

Is a member of your family doing something extraordinary for charity? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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