Posted by Trudie Cole at 06/05/2015 15:57:12
One of the best things about working at Poole Museum is being able to see the sea from my desk. Our learning suite turns into a pirate ship and on a windy day like this we can throw the shutters open, look out to the sea and really imagine being aboard ship. Perhaps that's one of the reasons our pirates workshop is so popular with schools.
We certainly have a lot of little pirate visitors at the moment, but we're also welcoming children studying the Victorians, mini-beasts, plants and trees and outdoor art (this is a new workshop for us). I am working slowly at getting information about these and all our other workshops on the web (they're lurking in the background waiting for the full collection before I publish). If however, you want to know more about what we offer drop me a line and I'll send you the information direct.
From little people to even littler people
I have just submitted a funding application to develop a new workshop for pre-school children, so watch this space. We are also welcoming a pre-school group at Upton Country Park tomorrow, where we'll be helping them learn about the natural environment. And don't forget our signing group for babies and toddlers, Museum Music and Mime is now free. The group meets at the Museum every Friday from 10.30 - 11.30, just turn up.
And now for something different and democratic
It's obviously an auspicious week for many reasons, but my focus on democracy is a little more historic. I attended a really exciting staff meeting at Bearwood Primary to help plan their off timetable Magna Carta week in June. The school is going medieval and we'll be there doing an archaeological test pit excavation and medieval crafts. I can't wait.
Back to the future
Leaping forward into the 21st century, we're working on an interesting project with Bournemouth University to consult visitors (and schools) on the use of digital archives. This research is feeding into lots of different projects, but is also providing volunteers with a really interesting piece of consultation work.
In fact understanding visitors and using research to understand what people want from us is featuring in lots of different projects at the moment. It's making me think about who we work with and how. In the spirit of this I would like to share with you some other blogs that I think are useful and interesting. The first up is Poole Museum Society's blog. It's very interesting I am sure you will agree.