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Museum-school forum and networking event

Tuesday 7 March 2017


One Day Seminar/Conference




This event builds on the publication of a report on My primary school is at the museum, a project led by King’s College London which tested the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for children and their families if a significant portion of their nursery, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 education takes place in a museum or gallery – not to mention benefits for the cultural organisations themselves.

The forum is aimed at museum and gallery learning and education staff, UK school teachers and education specialists and will feature:

Keynotes including David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and former President of the Museums Association

Panel discussions with:

Museums and schools involved in the project:

- National Waterfront Museum in Swansea,

- Tate Liverpool,

- The Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum,

- South Shields and their local schools – St Thomas Community Primary School, Life Bank Nursery at Kensington Children’s Centre, and Hadrian Primary School.

- Kate Measures from Heritage Insider Ltd, who conducted the project evaluation.

- Academic advisors Dr Heather King and Dr Jennifer DeWitt of King’s College London’s School of Education, Communication & Society Facilitators including Wendy James, concept initiator and architect with experience of creating learning spaces in museums.

Workshops on a variety of key issues, including:

- The benefits for early years learning

- The benefits for museum survival

- The feasibility of permanent museum-school co-location

- Networking opportunities with other learning and education professionals

Provisional timetable:

- 12:00-13:30: Registration and lunch

- 13:30-17:30: Panel discussions and workshops

- 17:30-19:00: Networking and drinks

Further information about the programme and registration details will be circulated in January 2017. For now, please register your interest via the below link or by emailing rachel.scott@kcl.ac.uk.

Please note spaces will be limited. A registration fee of £40 will apply, although a small number of subsidised places will be available.


Kings College London
Strand Campus

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