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Most of my time this month has been spent on reviewing our Secondary workshops in order to make the most of our upcoming Ancient Worlds development and the fantastic opportunities for Key Stage Three and Four students to engage with the collection here. Topics to explore include Archaeology, Empire and Identity with the chance to develop student’s interpretation and enquiry skills as well as utilising critical thinking whilst investigating objects as direct evidence of the past.
The new galleries are going to give visitors a great overview of Archaeology and the contributions that our diverse collection of objects can make to our understanding of the past, in addition to analysing the different techniques used to explore this past. We’ve also got a spotlight on ancient Egypt as an Empire with a focus on examining the daily lives of specific individuals such as pyramid builders and will even include Asru, our temple priestess. There will be a very different approach to interpreting Egypt presented in this gallery, with the museum exploring how the ancient Egyptians themselves viewed their country and also how Egypt is an African civilisation influenced by surrounding cultures. The final gallery, upstairs, will be possibly the most visually stunning and potentially the most likely to adapt over the coming years: visible storage areas will be created, current research will be presented and themes will be explored in addition to object biographies to make sense of various parts of the collection.
To follow the progress, or find out more, check out the Ancient Worlds blog for more details.
Right now, having worked through some of the workshops and identified the potential links for the Secondary sessions, I’m really excited about the possibilities and opportunities the Ancient Worlds galleries will present for students and their teachers. The galleries will, in conjuction with the other permenant exhibitions here at the Museum, engage students with their curriculum subjects and hopefully provide them with a memorable experience to help them learn about the past, the present and even influence their own future.
The Treasure Basket sessions have now moved galleries here at The Manchester Museum, they now take place on the 3rd floor in the Play & Learn Family area. This area is ideally located next to the picnic area which is useful as so much exploring can develop healthy appetites! High chairs are available for babies to use in the picnic area for any meals and snacks you may wish to bring along or adults can feel free to nurse younger babies on the sofa areas within the Play & Learn area.
Looking for Early Years activites in cultural institutions?
The Treasure Basket is a unique approach, which was developed in by Elinor Goldschmied in 1994. A seated baby is offered a range of sensory and household objects which are contained in a rigid basket which is low sided to allow the baby access to the contents and opportunity for exploration and choice.
Join us for Treasure Basket Play sessions at the Manchester Museum! These sessions are free for babies who can sit unsupported and their adults. Find us in the Nature Discovery Gallery on the 1st floor.
Dates and Times are:
Tuesday 11th November 10:30-11:30 and 1:30-2:30
Hi, I am Denise Bowler, the Secondary and Post-16 Coordinator at the Whitworth Art Gallery.
At the gallery, we are constantly thinking about space – how spaces work for young learners, how different spaces inspire particular reactions, all part of our current thinking.
In March 2010, I was lucky enough to go to Copenhagen to look at how spaces can shape learning as part of a research trip with CUE (Centre for Urban Education).
I went with a group of teachers from the north west to visit award-winning schools, meet the architects and interior designers, and check out learning spaces in Statens Museum for Kunst and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. We saw some amazing architecture and got lots of ideas for how we can use and design space in the future. Have a look at the presentation to get a flavour of some of the sights!