The Education Endowment Foundation are partnering with the Royal Society of Arts to evaluate cultural learning approaches. Cultural learning activities involve learning about culture and through culture. Usually involving collaboration between schools and arts and cultural organisations, they cover a wide range of artistic practice and offer opportunities to visit venues, see performances and exhibitions as well as learn through practical activity. Applications close 15 February Cultural Learning Fund 2017
From King’s College London:
My Primary School is at the Museum tested the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for primary school children and their families when a significant portion of their learning takes place in a museum setting, as well as demonstrating the benefits for museums.
Groups of pupils from two primary schools and a nursery, from Tyne & Wear, Swansea and Liverpool, were based at their local museum for up to a term between January and June 2016.
My Primary School is at the Museum report
The findings of My Primary School is at the Museum have been published in a public report based on project evaluation commissioned from Heritage Insider Ltd. Download the report.
The report outlines the benefits for museums, schools, and children and their families, including:
- For children: increased confidence as well as improved social and communication skills; greater engagement with and sense of ‘ownership’ of local cultural spaces and places.
- For museums: a deeper understanding of younger audiences, enabling the development of more relevant, engaging programmes; an extended use of their spaces and collections.
- Schools and teachers: examples of creative ways in which to deliver the curriculum and confidence using out-of-classroom spaces.
About the museum-school residencies
The live project took primary school classes directly into museums for their day-to-day school programme. It aimed to create and evaluate a potentially symbiotic relationship between primary schools and museums that could develop into a new model of educational delivery. Such a hybrid model could potentially help to resolve the nation’s shortage of primary school places, while simultaneously supporting resilient and sustainable operating principles for our museums. The museums’ collections were used to provide context for a range of school subjects. Facilities at the museums were arranged to enable children to absorb these local collections directly and indirectly with constant connections being made between objects and the curriculum.
Throughout the project, teaching followed primary education best practice and continued to deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. The museum hosted the school’s day-to-day programme of lessons, including lunches and breaks, and offered a fundamentally different experience from the more usual occasional one-day visits.
The pilot projects and partnerships were:
- Life Bank Nursery at Kensington Children’s Centre, a pre-school nursery (children aged 3 – 4), who were based at Tate Liverpool from 29 February to 11 March 2016.
- A Year 5 group (children aged 9 – 10) from Hadrian Primary School in South Shields who were based at Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum in South Tyneside between January and March 2016.
- A reception year of two forms (children aged 4 – 5) from St Thomas Community Primary School was based at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea for 2 five-week residencies. One form was at the museum from 22 February until Easter, and the second form in May and June 2016.
Find out more
As well as the full report, you can read more about the project in our news story here, a blog entry by Wendy James, who conceived the project, and a blog entry by Laura Luxton, a teacher at St Thomas Community Primary School whose class took up residencey in the National Waterfront Museum for five weeks. Articles have also featured in The Independent and Museums Association.
The project was conceived by Wendy James, Architect and Partner at Garbers & James Architects. Garbers & James is an architectural practice specialising in the public cultural sector and Wendy’s extensive experience is particularly focussed towards museums and education.
Kate Measures, Heritage Insider, conducted an independent evaluation of the project.
Cultural Space Programme
This project was supported under the Cultural Space Programme. This programme enabled participants, made up of King’s academics and professionals from the cultural sector, to explore new approaches to the development of cultural organisations’ physical and virtual spaces in ways which empower them and their audiences, and informs research and teaching at King’s.
(All photo images: nursery school children at Tate Liverpool. Photo credit: Jake Ryan)
My Primary School is at the Museum is a collaboration between King’s College London’s School of Education, Communication & Society and Kensington Children’s Centre and Tate Liverpool; St Thomas Community Primary School and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea; Hadrian Primary School and Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum (TWAM). It was conceived by Garbers & James Architects and delivered by the Cultural Institute at King’s.
Arts Council England provides the Group for Education in Museums with £168K of Museum Resilience Funding for new LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE.
Thanks to £168,000 of Arts Council England (ACE) funding confirmed today, the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) will set up a new permanent LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE (LSC) for all those in the cultural sector that are involved in education. Through a range of face-to-face meetings and online digital resources, the LSC will equip museum staff with the skills they need.
The LSC will build upon existing best practice to provide training and continuous professional development (CPD) at all levels. It will encourage the workforce to network, and share experiences, skills and knowledge, and provide mentors to support museum learning. The LSC will also develop distance learning courses, and set up a new online signpost to help staff find relevant training opportunities.
GEM’s partners in this project are the SW Museum Federation, Tyne & Wear Museums, engage, Association for Heritage Interpretation, and University College London. We will also collaborate with the Association of Independent Museums, CapeUK, other Bridges, Museum Federations and Development Services to ascertain training needs, and disseminate learning.
John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. It is really important that museum staff are equipped with the skills they need to be successful. And so we are really pleased to support GEM as it establishes the LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE.”
Dr John Stevenson (GEM Trustee and LSC Project Director) said, “Thanks to ACE Museum Resilience Funding the LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE will meet the needs of today’s workforce and help to ensure that GEM has a sustainable future.”
For further information please contact:
Dr John Stevenson (GEM Trustee and LSC Project Director)
Tel: 01634 853424; Mob: 07917 565 342
GEM, 54 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PG
Arts Learning Coordinator Brief
A consultant/specialist is required to coordinate an arts learning programme as part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition – 8 April 2017 – 10 September 2017.
The Arts Learning Coordinator will manage the delivery of ten art works with school, youth or community groups for display at exhibition venues. The art works will be inspired by the exhibition themes and content. The art works will go on display at each venue or another nearby venue for the duration of the exhibition.
Participating venues include:
- Arbeia Roman fort and Museum, South Shields
- Segedunum Roman fort and Museum, Wallsend
- Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Corbridge Roman Town and Museum , Corbridge
- Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Chollerford
- Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum, Bardon Mill
- Vindolanda Museum and Roman Fort, Bardon Mill
- Roman Army Museum, Greenhead
- Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
- Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport
Hadrian’s Cavalry Funded by Arts Council England, Hadrian’s Cavalry aims to:
- Achieve a step change in the number and length of stay of visitors to Hadrian’s Wall over the course of the exhibition developing new and existing audiences, encouraging cross-site and multi-site visits;
- Generate opportunities to inspire visitors to go beyond the in-situ exhibitions and discovery the historic landscapes in which the Roman Cavalry operated;
- Create a legacy for the Wall in terms of an increased awareness of it as a visitor destination nationally and internationally, and in particular of the variety and quality of offer available;
- Demonstrate the ability of the Wall venues to work in a cohesive manner to promote and celebrate the World Heritage Site, developing and sharing collective customer information, knowledge, experience and expertise and building resilience;
- Deliver an international scale exhibition and associated events programme across 10 museums, raising public awareness and understanding of the role of Roman cavalry, their multicultural origins, their status and significance at the heart of the Empire;
- Reinforce the Hadrian’s Wall element of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site as rooted in excellence: in scholarship, interpretation and accessibility;
- Develop the skills, knowledge and resources of the participating museums, creating lasting legacies through partnership working, marketing, film and digital media, interpretive and learning programmes.
The Hadrian’s Cavalry project is taking place at sites and venues within the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, part of the transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, and Hadrian’s Wall Country.
For more information please see the full brief.
Learning Deliverer (Weston Park Museum)
We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and reliable people to join our Learning Team on a casual basis, to deliver learning sessions, mainly focussed at Weston Park Museum. These casual Learning Deliverer posts have been newly created to increase capacity to offer even more exceptional learning experiences across our museums and galleries.
Museums Sheffield is the charitable trust responsible for the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum. We showcase the best in art & design, celebrate Sheffield’s rich heritage and care for the city’s diverse collections.
We are looking for people who are committed to excellent customer service and are able to deliver (with initial training and support) a range of exciting and hands-on workshops for a variety of audiences including primary schools, children and families.
The ideal candidates will work well independently but also within a team; have excellent communication skills as well as experience of planning and delivering a range of learning sessions. This role is offered on an as-and-when required basis.
Closing date: Monday 8 August 2016 (noon).
Interviews will take place week commencing 5 September 2016.
Apply online at www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/about/working-with-us
or for more information contact email@example.com / 0114 2782620
Please do not send CVs
The 2016 engage International Conference
The engage International Conference 2016 will explore how issues of access and activism impact on gallery and visual arts approaches to education and outreach. Taking place in Liverpool, a city renowned for its radicalism and creativity, at the time of the Liverpool Biennial, this year’s Conference programme will have a strong focus on arts activism – how it has changed not only society’s response to art, but also how it has irrevocably altered the way in which the arts world now engages with society at large.
Full details at: www.engage.org/Conf16info.aspx
GEM’s next Foundation Course “Museum Learning” is taking place in Manchester this spring and London this autumn. The course dates for Manchester are: 25/26 April, 23/24 May & 20/21 June 2016. For London they are 3/4 October, 7/8 November and 5/6 December 2016.
GEM’s foundation course is intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career, or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position. Since it is a work-based course, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the heritage sector.
Participants are encouraged to work together and form a self-help group throughout the three months of the course. Each person is assigned a mentor and is required to maintain a work-based reflective journal. There are six full days of seminars, workshops and site visits over a three-month period, and participants then complete a work-based assignment, which should be completed by the end of the next month after the course finishes. Participants will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion at a celebratory event two months after the end of the course.
The following elements will be covered on the course:
- The context for museum learning today
- Museum learning theory
- Methods of using museum collections and historic sites for learning
- Best practice approaches to museum learning
- Programming for different audiences
- Careers and continuing professional development
For further information, and to book your place, please see here.
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery requires an Education Consultant with an excellent understanding of museums, their interaction with modern audiences and proven experience of permanent, medium scale gallery development including digital technology, to help deliver Collections in the Landscape.
For more details see –
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
Monday 21st March 2016
10:30 – 16:30
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
Arts Council England (ACE) has commissioned CapeUK to carry out a ‘state of the sector’ review of formal learning in museums in England – and they want to hear your views.
If schools use your museum, please spare 20 minutes to complete a short survey (see the link below) before the deadline of Monday 28 February. Your response will inform the research and recommendations to ACE about the future of formal learning in museums and help ACE plan its advocacy and investment for this vitally important area of work.
The research will also highlight innovations and insights that can be shared widely within the sector and help improve our collective offer to children and young people across all phases of formal education, from 3 to 19 years old.
Your input will provide the evidence-base to build up a picture of what is happening to formal learning in museums and advocate for the brilliant work museums like yours do.
You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MuseumLearn2