Busy term as learn­ing team helps to bring his­tory to life for young­sters

Gloucestershire Echo - - NOT JUST THIS HISTORY -

THE win­ter term has been an ex­tremely busy one for The Wil­son Learn­ing Team, de­liv­er­ing many Edward Wil­son school work­shops, both in-house within the Foyle Learn­ing Cen­tre as well as out at schools around the county.

For those pupils vis­it­ing the art gallery and mu­seum for their work­shops, there was also the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance the Antarc­tic ex­pe­ri­ence with a visit to the cur­rent En­dur­ing Eye ex­hi­bi­tion (end­ing Fe­bru­ary 24), which ex­plores the ill-fated En­durance ex­pe­di­tion un­der­taken by Ernest Shack­le­ton from 1914-1917, to cross the Antarc­tic.

The stun­ning pho­to­graphs found in this Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety’s tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, en­abled the chil­dren to im­merse them­selves in the sheer enor­mity and ge­og­ra­phy of the con­ti­nent.

The images also added to their un­der­stand­ing of what our lo­cal hero, Edward Wil­son, would have en­dured as part of Cap­tain Scott’s team in their ex­pe­di­tion to the South Pole, just two years pre­vi­ously.

Our reg­u­lar Home Ed­u­ca­tor group also had the op­por­tu­nity to visit this ex­hi­bi­tion as well as cre­at­ing their own plas­ter ver­sions of the fas­ci­nat­ing Em­peror pen­guins, found in the Antarc­tic.

One of the joys of work­ing at The Wil­son, is the abil­ity to link in with both tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tions as well as our own col­lec­tions, as in­spi­ra­tion for school work­shops.

Re­cent work­shops in­cluded the cel­e­bra­tion of Chi­nese New Year, al­though the dis­cov­ery of the won­ders of the Chi­nese cul­ture is not lim­ited to this Win­ter fes­ti­val - as our new World of Won­der gallery houses many items from the Chi­nese com­mu­nity as well as from other cul­tures around the world.

With an un­der-fives em­pha­sis on hands-on play and ex­plo­ration, we also use the gallery within our WOW school work­shops for Key Stage 1, In­spir­ing Asia, where we ex­plore the ge­og­ra­phy and cul­ture of ei­ther In­dia or China.

These work­shops are avail­able all year round, as are the Mu­seum Take­away re­source loan boxes, which con­tain many cul­tural items.

The Mu­seum Take­away is a sub­scrip­tion-based ser­vice, pro­vid­ing loans boxes to schools, care homes and other lo­cal groups, to en­hance his­tor­i­cal and artis­tic learn­ing as well as for use a prompt dur­ing rem­i­nis­cence ses­sions.

All our reg­u­lar avail­able school work­shops can be viewed on the Learn page of our web­site, but new ex­hi­bi­tion-spe­cific work­shops be­gin next month, with the ar­rival of our next tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, The Art of Sellings Songs: Mu­sic Graphics from The V&A, run­ning from March 16 to June 2.

School work­shops will be avail­able for Key Stages 2-5, with an ex­hi­bi­tion visit in­cluded along­side a hands-on art work­shop in­spired by the art­work of al­bum cov­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion about these or any of our work­shops or the Mu­seum Take­away ser­vice, please email learn­[email protected]­tenhamtrus­t.org.uk , or visit our Learn page of The Wil­son web­site: chel­tenham­mu­seum.org.uk

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