Posted by Trudie Cole at 17/11/2014 10:47:07
Last Monday evening our Roman House burned down. We were devastated to hear the news. The Roman House was the only building of its type in the World and was integral to our schools programme. The recent changes in the curriculum meant that school visits had doubled since this time last year. However, we have been bowled over by the response from our local community and the museums and archaeology communities. We aren't quite sure what our Plan B is yet, but we will make sure that the schools programme can continue with minimal disruption. We're starting to dust ourselves down and look to the future, so watch this space.
As well as ensuring that work continues as normal despite the upset caused by the fire we are also busy with lots of other school workshops. Today pupils are here at the Museum finding out about Poole, over at Scaplen's Court learning about the Victorians today and for the rest of the week. Tomorrow and beyond school children will be swashbuckling in our pirate ship learning suite learning about Poole's famous pirate, 'Arry Paye and also visiting our stunning temporary exhibition about the Swash Channel Wreck. On Friday, we'll bring the week to a close with Takeover Day, when students from Poole will run the public face of the Museum.
Last week we welcomed teachers from across Poole to discuss heritage learning at our termly schools steering group meeting. Some exciting projects were discussed. As a result we will be piloting an inter-school quiz, using Kahoot. We also discussed the mind field of developing a new levelling system for the humanities. It was useful to open this discussion up between primary and secondary teachers and made a resolution to work together to address this issue.
We will also be welcoming back our young curators on Wednesday. Young Curators are young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who meet at the Museum to advise us on exhibition development and other matters. We hope they're going to start their own blog, so watch this space . . .