UK car museum helps to teach science and technology
THE UK’s top automotive museum is aligning its displays with the national curriculum as part of the “Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead” project.
The National Motor Museum Trust (NMMT) at Beaulieu will use a £72 800 (R1,26 million) grant from Arts Council England to support education programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to recent changes in the National Curriculum.
A creative take on STEAM has been adopted for the project, which will use the newly researched material to inspire a range of lively automotive steampunkthemed family activities over the next two years.
Visitors to the museum will be able to explore the collections in imaginative ways such as story-telling sessions, a Magical Mechanisms family trail and opportunities to dress up in full steampunk style.
Andrea Bishop, director of collections for the National Motor Museum, said: “I take particular pleasure in announcing this funding support from Arts Council England, as it will reveal fresh insights into the captivating history of motoring and deliver engaging outcomes for our audiences.
“Behind the scenes, the grant will help us make better use of our existing collections management system and research under-used parts of the collections. This will unlock a wealth of material, making it accessible to the wider public for the first time, and create new learning programmes and playful automotive steampunk activities.”
The National Motor Museum Trust’s collection of over 250 vehicles is world famous, along with its extensive range of motoring artefacts, photographic images, specialist reference library and film and video library.
Visitors to Beaulieu can enjoy all of the features of the attraction including the National Motor Museum, On Screen Cars, the World of Top Gear, Palace House, which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538, and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and grounds. More on www.beaulieu.co.uk.