New school year – thinking about a trip?

Somewhat unbelievably (at least we think so – the year is flying by!), it’s September and the start of another school year. We’ve been gearing up to the 2013-14 academic year with a refurbishment and refreshment of our school programme from Early Years to Post 16 and a new look to the Learning Pages on Manchester Museuslothm website: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/museum/learning . You’ll still find many of the ever popular sessions like Egyptian Worlds (KS2), Dinosaur Detectives (KS2), Forensic Science: A Bog Body Mystery (KS3/4 Science) and Citizen of the City (KS3 Citizenship) but also a few new ones and some like Dinosaur Challenge for KS1 pupils that are coming soon.

Do take a look and let us know what you think. If you are starting your planning for the year ahead then take a look at the website and see what takes your fancy for you and your class. If you need more information on anything then either email us at school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk or give us a call on 0161 275 2630 – we start taking bookings on 5th September.

We’re really looking forward to a jam packed year of school visits (there’s nothing we like more) and to seeing many of you and your classes in the Museum. That’s the programme spruced up – now just the office to go!

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Celebrating Manchester’s History

We were very excited to work with our colleagues from Widening Participating, and one of our Partnership institutions, Whitworth Art Gallery, on creating two, one day workshops  for Secondary students concentrating on Manchester’s History.

This followed on from our successful model last year, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival, where various schools brought students to participate in workshops at the Whitworth and the Museum. They were also treated to an introductory lecture on Manchester’s history – this year – by Professor John Pickstone.

Histories objects

Objects used during Collecting the World workshop at Manchester Museum

As part of the Museum’s workshop, called Collecting the World, students were asked to investigate the collection and determine how, and why, it ended up in Manchester. They identified objects of interest on the Manchester Gallery and their links to the city. Then they were allocated objects from the collection not on display and asked to research them using online resources to find their link to Manchester. They were encouraged to consider sources of their information and the relevance any connected individuals had to their home city.

All in all it was really wonderful to be able to focus on Manchester’s history and how the Museum’s collection links to the city and illustrious indviduals  – such as William Boyd Dawkins, Jesse Haworth, Joseph Whitworth and Lydia Becker – not to mention highlight historical Manchester events such as the Exhibition of Art Treasures, the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal and the Peterloo Massacre.

ship canal medal

Manchester Ship Canal Medal

Questioned at the end of the session on which object they felt best represented Manchester’s History, the majority of students chose the Ship Canal Medal due to it’s links with trade and economy that helped make Manchester the hub of industry in the North and contributed to it becoming known as ‘Cottonopolis’!

Many thanks to all those invovled on the day: Stockport School, Parrs Wood HS, Manchester Health Academy, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Alder Community School, Cardinal Langley RC HS, Loreto High School.

We’ll  be repeating these fantastic local history focused days next year during the Manchester Histories Festival celebrations.

Secondary Learning Offer for Ancient Worlds

As Debbie mentioned in her last post excitment in the Education Department has been building up with the opening of our new Ancient World galleries. Well, they’re now open – and looking stunning too!

These three new galleries – Discovery Archaeology, Egyptian Worlds and Exploring Objects – will become the focus for some of our brand new workshops, in addition to being included into some of students’ favourite sessions from our usual offer.  To give you a taster, here are how some of our Key Stage Three sessions will utilise the galleries…

In our ArteFACT session students will now be able to explore the Discovering Archaeology gallery to learn how objects can teach us about the past as well as investigating collections in Exploring Objects to write alternative labels for archological finds.

In Citizen of the City students will use the gallery to inform them on their roles in Ancient Athens and how we know about these people through archaeology.

Whereas, in Natural Reflections – where students answer ‘big’ questions, including one on human remains – they can view a variety of remains on display showing different types of display and information we can learn from these, sometimes contentious, objects.

For more information on any of the sessions, visit our website or see the pre-visits for each session by clicking on the workshop title. Alternatively, contact Cat Lumb, and look out for more posts on our new galleries and their accompanying learning programme!

Alan Turing: Maths and Morphogenesis workshops

Want to know how maths is applied to the real world? Bring your KS4 students to our Alan Turing: Maths, Modelling and Morphogenesis maths session that accompanys our Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma exhibition to find out. Led by University mathematicians, this workshop explores mathematical modelling, and enables students to find out more about the pioneer of biological mathematics who lived right here in Manchester: Alan Turing and how he used maths to investigate the secrets of life. The 2 hour session is available at selected times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 15th November 2012.

For AS/A2 biology and Maths students, we are running A-level study days that would be perfect for them to understand the link between these two subjects. One of our Engage with the Experts A-Level study days Alan Turing: Maths and Morphogenesis works with University researchers to unlock the mathematical mystery behind patterns in the natural world and discovers how Alan Turing began to tackle this problem. It is a full day (10am-3pm) on Monday 15th October 2012, Monday 22nd October 2012 and Tuesday 13th November 2012

If you would like any more information or would like to make a booking, please contact Alexa on alexa.jeanes@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 3061764.

Ancient Worlds school resources on their way!

Can you spot what’s on our Ancient Egyptian timeline?

I have been very lucky this week to have the creative input of some very talented staff here at the Manchester Museum who have painted ten key images from ancient Egyptian history onto our new canvas scroll. This visual timeline will be used with visiting school groups during the new Egyptian gallery primary school session, ‘The Egyptian World; museum secrets, mummies and pyramids!

A huge thank you to Karen, Sam and Cornelia for their wonderful creative work,  it looks fantastic! We hope to see many schools enjoying and exploring this ancient Egyptian timeline very soon.

New term excitement

Image, heads down - planning how to display things in the museum

Pens, paper and lesson plans at the ready: the new school year is upon us! And how quickly the summer seems to have whizzed by. We’ve been busy here at The Museum reviewing our entire learning programme and working on new ideas to revamp some of the old favourites whilst also racking our brains for brand new workshop topics and activties. In addition we’re also immensely excited about the upcoming opening of the new Unearthed: Ancient Egypt temporary exhibition, which is going to be a fantastic interactive space encouraging visitors to explore Egyptology and Archaeology with our very own Dr. Digby (Terry Deary): What more could you ask for?

Our new programming is now up on the website, and we will be updating this throughout September with lots more information and resources for teachers as we build up to the opening of Unearthed at the end of the month. In the meantime why not see if you can bring our collection into your classroom via the Museum of Mystery?

 

New Primary Learning Co-ordinator

Image, touching an Egyptian object from the Museum stores

Hello everyone, I’m Debbie Doran the Primary Learning Co-ordinator at the Museum. I just wanted to say Hello! and give you a taste of the wonderful things to come!

There will be a brand new Temporary Egypt Exhibition on the ground floor opening on September 30th. This will be an interactive, explorative and new insight into the wonderful past of Ancient Egypt and Archaeological skills. Come and explore the new exhibition with your family and friends soon!

Why not visit the Whitworth Art Gallery and Park soon for a family open day exploring archaeology and the history of the park too? Or visit the new Living Worlds gallery opened in April this year. There’s lots to do over the Summer so have a look at The Manchester Museum’s website for more details.  Enjoy!

Vote for The Manchester Museum in the National Lottery Awards

 The Manchester Museum and Imperial War Museum North are delighted to let you know that the In Touch Volunteer Programme has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards! 

We now need your support to get us to the finals, and it’s your vote that will help to us get there! Please click on this link to cast your vote.

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. In Touch is competing against nine other projects for the title of Best Education Project. We are already thrilled to get to the semi finals but it would be fantastic to reach the finals, specifically to celebrate the achievements of the volunteers involved, raise the profile of the project and achieve national recognition for this Manchester based initiative.

The In Touch Volunteer Programme was an innovative adult learning programme and one of the first of its kind in the museum sector. This collaborative programme was developed and delivered by The Manchester Museum and Imperial War Museum North, in partnership with Salford City College. In Touch helped over 180 people from the Greater Manchester area access heritage, re-engage with learning and develop key transferable skills for future employment.

Key achievements:

· 84% course completion

· 80 hours of learning and practice per volunteer

· 79% took the literacy qualification, 95% of whom passed

· 79% achieved accredited customer service qualifications

· 18% of In Touch volunteers moved on to employment.

· 41% of volunteers took part in further learning

To find out more about In Touch and view a short film about the achievements of our volunteers please visit our websites http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/community/volunteer  or www.iwm.org.uk/northvolunteers

Voting starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May, and lasts until midday on Monday 20 June. Please click on this link  to cast your vote, or call 0844 836 9682*.  Please tell your colleagues, friends and family who may also like to support us. (*Calls will cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more).

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support!

Souvenirs for School groups…

Our commerical team have recently launched a combined Museum and Whitworth Gallery Shop Blog known as Culture Shop Manchester. The aim is to to provide a means for customers and visitors to find out what we have available in the forms of products and offers whilst giving the shops a living internet presence.

One of their first posts is about School Groups & Goodie Bags: so take a look if you want to know more and order some fantastic souvenirs for your students to remember their educational trip to the Museum!

Blogs ‘R’ Us!

Recently, you may have noticed a couple of small changes. In order to make the most of the diverse activities and learning offers across two of the Cultural Assests of the University of Manchester we have split the blog according to venue. 

So, you can stick with us here to find out about everything at The Manchester Museum, and you can follow our colleagues at The Whitworth Art Gallery on their own blog!

Needless to say, we still appreciate all your comments and input and whatever your needs we’d be happy to help!