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Langley College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, and Slough Museum have formed an innovative partnership, which will see the two organisations working together to make the museum’s collection a sustainable and interactive learning resource for all ages.

Through the new partnership, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the museum will display parts of its collection in relevant areas of the College to enhance the learning environment and raise awareness of the area’s proud history. Volunteers from the museum will maintain and rotate the displays as well as run talks and workshops with students.

Like many local museums, Slough Museum has faced the challenge of losing its local authority funding and although it has an excellent permanent exhibition in The Curve in Slough, much of the museum’s impressive collection has remained in storage. The move to Langley College will mean the collection will be accessible to current and future generations. In fact, college students are also helping museum staff to explore ways they can use the latest virtual reality technology to bring the collection to life in a virtual world.

Richard Kirkham, Assistant Principal for Further Education at the College, explains: “We believe this partnership with Slough Museum brings the past and future together perfectly. It will enable our students to learn and understand the history of their communities and how different industries have developed in the town. Equally, our students will use their skills and the latest technology we have at Langley College to work with museum staff to take the collection into innovative directions that will appeal to future generations.”

Slough Museum plans to complete the move and installation of its displays into the College early next year. Both the Arts Council England and the Lottery Heritage Fund are interested in the project and whether this could be a feasible model for other museums across the country.

Steve Green, Museum Development Manager for Slough Museum, said: “We are excited about engaging young people with our collection and working with them to explore new ways of sharing the many fascinating images and objects we hold. The partnership with the college is a great way to experiment with new ways to understand the past.”

The two organisations are already working together on the Young Roots Project, which aims to engage young people in learning about the changing face of Slough High Street. Students from Langley College and the local community have been recruited to work with a young trainee project manager, Jessie Cheema, and museum volunteers to develop an exhibition and a smartphone app. They will receive training on historic research, interpretation, planning and IT as well as visit the Royal Geographic Society to learn about maps. The final exhibition will then tour The Curve and local libraries.

Langley College is a state-of-the-art centre for innovative technical and professional education, offering courses from entry level right through to Higher Education. The College has been serving young people, adults and businesses in the local community for over 40 years.

For further information on Langley College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, please visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk or call 01753 793000.

Slough Museum is the only organisation in Slough with a remit to collect, conserve and communicate the town’s heritage. As such, it is the guardian of the story of Slough. For further information on Slough Museum, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham are delighted to announce they will now be collectively known as the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, following their formal merger on 9th May 2017. This week, college staff and students proudly unveiled the group’s new branding, which symbolises the partnership between the colleges, their shared values and vision.

The newly formed group will deliver high quality education and training to over 8,000 students and businesses each year from its three state-of-the-art campuses: Langley College, Strode’s College in Egham and Windsor College.

All three college campuses have a long-standing history in their local communities and will each retain their individual identities. Langley College specialises in providing innovative technical and professional education, while Windsor College and Strode’s College offer an exceptional sixth form learning experience with a wide range of A Levels and BTECs. All three colleges provide part-time professional and recreational courses.

Together the colleges draw on over 300 years of experience and provide over 800 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses in various subjects, from entry level right through to Higher Education.

Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of Windsor Forest Colleges Group, said: “I am extremely proud to unveil our new identity as this marks a significant milestone in our history. We believe our new name and branding perfectly reflects our heritage, values and innovative approach to learning. The design is modern and professional, like our three campuses, while also echoing our 300 year history of delivering high quality education in Berkshire and Surrey.

“Our students will continue to identify with one particular college campus, but being part of a larger group means they benefit from greater learning opportunities, access to a wider range of resources and more progression routes. We offer the specialist expertise and personal approach of an individual college, with all the advantages of a larger group. It is the best of both worlds!”

Windsor Forest Colleges Group is headed up by the experienced team of Kate Webb, Group Principal, Rowan Cookson, Principal and Graham Try, Deputy CEO. The new branding for the group was developed by the College’s in-house marketing department in consultation with staff, students and governors.

Dedicated to improving lives through learning, the Windsor Forest Colleges Group has a strong vision for the future and aims to provide greater opportunities for young people, adults and businesses in Berkshire, Surrey and the surrounding areas. This includes further developing apprenticeship courses, sixth form education, adult education and Higher Education provision.

For further information on Windsor Forest Colleges Group, its three college campuses and its range of over 800 courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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