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Applications Open For Children And The Arts: Start North West

Over the last couple of months Curious Minds has been working with the national charity Children and the Arts to launch a new round of their Start programme in the NW. We’ve co-invested in this opportunity, which provides up to 3 years of funding for 4 cultural venues to develop and grow relationships with local schools.

Programmes will include cultural visits, professional development opportunities for teachers, education work linked to the national curriculum and the opportunity for the participating children and young people to engage in critical analysis and develop their own creative responses. The programme will also enable children and young people to achieve Arts Award and participating schools to gain Artsmark.

Applications are now open for cultural organisations based in the following areas:

  • Bolton
  • Chester & Cheshire West
  • Preston
  • West Cumbria
  • Rochdale
  • Tameside

Applications are also welcome from organisations outside these areas, who are willing to commit to schools within the specified regions.

For details on how to apply please visit Children and the Arts Start North West page.

North West Young Museum Evaluators Programme

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum?

In collaboration with Curious Minds, MDNW will be running a programme offering museums the chance to be assessed by a young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of “mystery shopping” site visits undertaken by the young people who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards giving a no holds barred view of your offer from visitor services and retail offer to exhibition content and interpretation. Museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.

To participate in the programme please complete the application form and return to us by 5pm on Friday 11th November. Please send completed forms to Alex Bird  – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

For more information please contact Alex Bird or Holly Ball at holly.ball@Curiousminds.org.uk

Counting the Cost: How can we make our formal learning programmes more sustainable?

Curious Minds is hosting two events exploring sustainable museums learning, presenting research and case studies from across the country, with guest speakers:

  • Emma Parsons (Museums Consultant)
  • Bill Griffiths (Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)
  • Pollie Shorthouse (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law)

Are you considering different ways of working, reviewing your charges for schools, needing to make savings, or making a case for funding? 

Curious Minds have commissioned consultant Emma Parsons to complete a piece of work looking at how museums are reviewing their work with schools and how the sector can share ideas around sustainable working. 

The work will be discussed and shared at two seminars called ‘Counting the Cost’ – in Preston on 6th July and in Warrington on 8th July. Participants will find out about the research, hear a case study and look at how their own museums or practice can take steps towards sustainability, taking an action plan back to work.

Emma Parsons will deliver the seminar elements of each event, with Bill Griffiths presenting at the Preston event, and Pollie Shorthouse presenting at the Warrington Event.

Tickets are £16.67 per person to include lunch and can be booked via the following links:

Warrington event

Preston event

If the cost of a ticket will prevent you from attending, you are invited to contact Curious Minds to discuss.

‘Leading the Challenge’: Cultural Education sector leaders launch event

Keynote speaker: Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme: ‘Leadership and the Cultural Education Challenge’

Following the speakers’ presentation, Curious Minds will launch a new opportunity for individuals to train and develop themselves as a Cultural Education Leader. Curious Minds have developed a fully funded year-long fellowship programme for up to 8 mid-career professionals who wish to specialize in Cultural Education within their own art form or setting. These individuals, supported by their organisations, will spend approximately 20 days across the year increasing their expertise in how to work with schools, how to navigate the Education landscape and how to support their sector or art-form peers to create quality art form offers to benefit schools and teachers.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Curriculum Change for the Terrified

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
Monday 21st March 2016 
10:30 – 16:30
£25.00

This curriculum briefing event is brought to you by Curious Mind, GEM and with support from North West Museums Federation It is open to museum and heritage educators in the Northwest.

The event will focus on History and Geography but there will be opportunities to discuss other curriculum areas with colleagues and facilitators.

The day will include:

  • Presentation – Sue Temple Senior Lecturer in Primary History- University of Cumbria 
  • Case studies from museum and heritage venues, on how they are responding to the new curriculum.
  • The opportunity to share your experiences of curriculum changes over the last year and discuss your ideas and approaches with museum and heritage colleagues and specialist facilitators.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Youth Leadership in Museums and Libraries

Curious Minds are looking to work with existing young leaders programmes across the North West to develop a Young Associates programme. Young people, already involved in a leaderships role within their local museum, gallery or NPO, will be offered the chance to work with Curious Minds to develop a regional role.

This could involve becoming an Arts Award Advocate, reporting on events taking place across the North West, helping to develop our strategic offer, amongst other ideas. Curious Minds are currently looking to identify the organisations where those young leaders are based and the appropriate member of staff to work with.

If you have an existing young leaders programme and would like to know more please contact holly.ball@curiousminds.org.uk

Examples of Museums Supporting School Transition Required

On behalf of Curious Minds, Sally Fort is researching how museums support the transition of children and young people between different school stages and phases.

Their focus is on the transition from primary school to secondary  but they are also interested in any examples relating to transitional periods. If your museum has carried out this kind of work, Sally would like to hear more about any of the following:

  • What your offer is in practical terms and what it’s based on (e.g. description of workshop, project, event etc. and themes, subject areas, philosophies)
  • Who it is aimed at (e.g. ages, phases, specific groups, schools, families, youth groups)
  • What you’ve found the successes and challenges to be and how you know to what extent the support has been successful
  • What are the financial arrangements underpinning the work
  • What are your aims / objectives / planned outcomes
  • Any links the activity has to Artsmark or Arts Award if relevant
  • Anything else you’d like to add about this

Please email any examples to Sally, or add your responses to this online survey

Curious Minds: Making the most of your Local History

On Monday, November 16, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Curious Minds are hosting an event at the Imperial War Museum North.

This event will focus on making the most of local history and will ask:

  • How can teachers best use the local historic environment to teach local history?
  • How can museums and heritage sites best adapt to the opportunities within the new Programme of Study for History?

Join Historic England to find out how to use photos and maps to unravel the history of an area, how to plan a local study and how to make the most of a local history site.

Using archive material prepared by Historic England’s Swindon Archive, this session will inspire teachers at KS2 and KS3, and heritage educators alike.

To book your place, please click here

Curious About… Schools Governance for Cultural Organisations

Tuesday 10th November
13:00 – 16:00
The Pavilion, Preston
FREE

From Curious Minds:

Sam Cairns from the Cultural Learning Alliance will lead a seminar on the benefits to cultural organisations of becoming a school governor. Kathy Desmond Chair of the Liverpool Governors Forum will also present on the transferable skills developed by  being a school governor. Come and find out more about the benefits of being a school governor and what the role involves and how you can best support a school and impact on the direction a school takes. Come and find out how schools work from the inside and how you can offer your skills and knowledge in a key role.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Making the Most of Your Local History

Imperial War Museum North
Monday 16th November

Curious Minds is delighted to host the return of this popular event delivered in partnership with Historic England.

How can teachers best use the local historic environment to teach local history?

How can museums and heritage sites best adapt to the opportunities within the new Programme of Study for History?

Join Historic England to find out how to use photos and maps to unravel the history of an area, how to plan a local study and how to make the most of a local history site.

Using archive material prepared by Historic England’s Swindon Archive, this session will inspire teachers at KS2 and KS3, and heritage educators alike.

https://makingmostoflocalhistory.eventbrite.co.uk