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