ZOE Harris has been named as the Newcomer of the Year.

Zoe, who is Museum of Royal Worcester’s learning, outreach and volunteering officer, joined the museum a year ago.

Her education programme has already been rolled out to 234 children from five Worcester primary schools.

It means that the story of how the Royal Worcester porcelain factory touched the lives of thousands of people, both locally in Worcester and across the world is told.

Miss Harris said: “I was delighted to win.

“I didn’t know what to expect.

“Obviously teachers are incredibly hard working so I know everybody I was up against was passionate and very skilled at their jobs.

“So I was delighted and really pleased to have won and I really enjoyed the event.

“I came to the museum about a year ago and my aim was to bring a younger audience and schools into the museum.

“It’s not been done before.

“We’ve never had anything specific for young people before I came.

“We want to keep the museum sustainable and get young people to hear about the history of the museum and Worcester porcelain.”

In the nomination, Zoe was described as being incredibly passionate about making history accessible.

Feedback from schools about her trips was that the children said they were the best school trips they had been on.

Another said many of the children on the trips were so excited and engaged, they returned to the museum with their parents and grandparents to show them first hand what they thought was special about the visit.

The runners up were Hannah Corteen, at Regency High School, and Samantha Chance, at Perrywood Primary School.

Hannah was praised for her tenacity, energy and unerring commitment, while Samantha was described as having got off to a flying start with children at her school.