Arts Council England has granted the River & Rowing Museum £138,600 to develop their educational work with Langley Academy and schools across Reading, Oxfordshire and Slough. This pioneering project, funded by the Renaissance Strategic Support fund, seeks to align museum programmes with school curriculums, and vice-versa. Langley Academy is the first school in the UK to pioneer museum-learning as a specialism
There are three key elements to the project:
- Teacher Champions – Ten museum professionals will work with primary and secondary school teachers to develop learning partnerships and exhibitions that are targeted to students’ needs.
- Museum Champions – There will be 20 teachers working with museums to advocate museum-learning within their schools. Through these partnerships, schools will be able to use resources and collections from the River & Rowing Museum and other partner museums in the project to enhance learning.
- Action Research – Three research projects that explore curriculum changes and new technologies are being launched to help support learning in school/museum partnerships.
Helen Cook, Head of Learning at River & Rowing Museum, says:
“The River & Rowing museum is proud to be a pioneer of museum-based learning and it is with great pleasure that we can announce that we have been awarded this funding. Being supported by Arts Council England highlights the proven benefits of practical learning in museums and we are delighted to be building on our relationship with the Langley Academy. Museum collections can provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about their heritage in a hands-on way.”
Rhodri Bryant, Principal at The Langley Academy, says:
“We are extremely excited about this partnership following the successful Arts Council Bid. We aim to continue to embed museum learning into the culture of the Academy, developing on what we have achieved so far. This funding allows us to build on values at the heart of Langley Academy, working with more museum professionals and schools to demonstrate how working together can widen children’s horizons and challenge their aspirations.”
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:
‘Introducing more children and young people to museums and the incredible collections they hold is important. We are pleased to be supporting the River & Rowing Museum and its partners as they work together to engage with new young audiences and to integrate museum-led learning into their educational journey. This project has great potential to inform the museum sector’s approach to education, sharing best practice regionally and nationally.’