We’re very privileged in the Manchester Museum to be able to experiment, evaluate and reflect on what we do as a Learning Team. In the coming few weeks, I’ll be ‘experimenting’ with a group of children from St James Primary in Rusholme. I first met and worked with them a year ago when they became part of a film we produced exploring children’s different responses to choosing and handling objects from our Mediterranean collection (amongst other things).
This year, we’re involving them in a longer project which will involve two days working in the Museum as well as several workshops with me in school. During the project (TSI: Time Scene Investigation), the children will take part in a process that leads them from the role of archaeologist discovering artefacts and part of objects ‘in the field’ through the role of conservator and curator (including some trips behind the scenes in the Museum) to how objects are displayed. The project focuses on elements such as:
- how children act as researchers
- how working in a museum and with museum professionals can influence and give context to writing
- gathering children’s impressions and ideas of archaeological display as part of the Museum’s Archaeology/Egypt re-display consultation process
The children will also get to use Ookl phones to help them collect photographic, textual and spoken reflections – these will be used as part of their final group presentations. The final outcome will be a school-based ‘Museum of Me’ which the children will produce themselves, for their schoolmates, teachers and community.
Almost all the pieces of the planning are now in place and I can honestly say I’m really looking forward to this project! Watch this space for news on how it progresses.
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