UK car mu­seum helps to teach science and tech­nol­ogy

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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.

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