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Mobile Museum: Schools

In 2018-19, the Mobile Museum project supported an exciting new initiative in object-based learning, involving the pupils and teachers at two London primary schools and culminating in the co-curation of two school museums in summer 2019.

The two schools participating in the project were Wilberforce Primary School, Queen’s Park, in the London Borough of Westminster, and St Monica’s Primary School, Hoxton, in the London Borough of Hackney.

The learning strand of the Mobile Museum project aimed to:

  • research how and why plant-based objects from Kew were sent to 700 schools across the UK during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 
  • support the curation of exhibitions devoted to plant-based objects in two London primary schools, using an innovative whole-school approach 
  • create supporting cross-curricular educational materials that link to science, geography, history, arts, design and technology, and language learning for Key Stage 1 and 2 

The project involved workshops for teachers, pupil visits to Kew, classroom-based activities and the creation of a Teachers' Handbook on Curating a School Museum (2019). It culminated in July 2019 with the launch of two museums at Wilberforce and St Monica's School. In co-curating these exhibitions, pupils and teachers presented many plant-based objects that had particular cultural significance for them.

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