Posted by Trudie Cole at 16/12/2014 15:35:28
It's the last week of term and coming towards the end of the calendar year, so naturally it's time to look back. It's been an extremely busy year for us. The new curriculum has meant we completely overhauled our school workshops (getting that information up on the website is work in progress, but get in touch if you would like to know more in the meantime). We've had lots of staff changes (my return from maternity leave and four new Learning Activity Leaders joining the team), disasters have struck (fire at the Roman House), projects have been rolled out (Forgotten Voices and Takeover Day amongst others) and events have taken place. Tomorrow we'll report all our work with schools to Poole Schools Forum, and then we'll start to turn to the New Year.
The Present: this week and last
Before considering what's on the horizon I thought I'd quickly update on the present. Christmas on the Quay was a spectacular success. The choir brought a very festive air to the proceedings, no doubt helped by the warming sensations created by the cider wassail. We even had snow! OK, so it was from a snow machine, but it was light and fluffy and added an air of Christmas magic.
School visits have been taking place right across the last fortnight, with our last workshop taking place on Wednesday. The Young Archaeologists Club met to have it's annual Christmas party last Saturday. Museum Music and Mime will still meet on Friday - the last session before the New Year.
The team got together last Thursday to reflect and plan and we had the opportunity to share some skills. One of the team, Corwen, trained us all in how to create fire from flint, so now we can all demonstrate this ancient skill.
School visits start again on 12th January, but we have various project planning meetings with schools in the first week of term. We are also currently developing a new Anglo-Saxons workshop (get in touch if you would like to discuss this). We also have an early years story project in the pipeline and just today an idea was floated for a youth project based around the history of protest songs and democratic participation. As well as this we are working with a group of teachers to engage able writers through artefact based work, rolling out new play based early years activities, relaunching our Young Curators group as well as doing a lot more work here on the website. Incidentally, please do give us feedback, as this is all new for us.
We are hoping to hear the outcome of a funding bid in Wednesday relating to a joint project with Bournemouth University about the history of health and well being in Poole. If successful we will create an interactive map, resources for schools and will work with a local media company to develop a very exciting Twitter based mystery game.
I am also meeting tomorrow with colleagues from Dorset History Centre and Bournemouth University to discuss a public history degree course. These are indeed exciting times.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all in the learning team. We'll see you in 2015!