|3D glasses and one of Robert Hottot's photographs|
1922.214.171.124 © Pitt Rivers Museum
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Saturday, 5 November 2016
"As part of our teacher training at Oxford Brookes University, we have spent some time working alongside the staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum. We gained an insight into how the education department have been providing an engaging learning experience outside the classroom. During this time we had the opportunity to observe and participate in some of the workshops they have on offer to schools, including hands-on investigation activities and an artefact treasure hunt!
|Wielding cooking pots and axes! © Pitt Rivers Museum|
We also had the chance to observe a guided tour of the museum relating to a particular theme. The children were immediately enthralled by the tour and benefited greatly from knowledgeable guides who were well practised in presenting the information in an interesting way. The guides were also able to answer questions posed to them by the children and involve the teachers in their tasks. Everyone involved in the tour, ourselves included, enjoyed learning new things about some of the objects which are on display.
|Exploring the Pitt Rivers © Pitt Rivers Museum|
We fully enjoyed our time at the Pitt Rivers Museum and are grateful to the friendly and knowledgeable staff for allowing us an insight into what they do. We would definitely recommend that teachers look at what the Museum has to offer and take advantage of the opportunities available to them. There is much for children to learn from a trip to this Museum and, perhaps most importantly, they will certainly enjoy it!"
Friday, 21 October 2016
We had our first meeting last Saturday. A group of young people came along to find out more about getting involved in the new initiative, as well as to try some creative activities. First of all we each made badges using our snazzy badge maker. Then we roamed the museum with an assortment of props, some picture frames and cameras to take a series of ‘mask portraits’ with attitude:
|Mask portrait with a Javanese dance mask and Chinese hat |
(photograph © Pitt Rivers Museum)
|Mask portrait with V for Vendetta mask (made famous in the |
Occupy protests) © Pitt Rivers Museum
|Mask portrait with Boba Fett mask (a Star Wars character)|
© Pitt Rivers Museum
Making an animation using Javanese shadow puppets
© Pitt Rivers Museum
|Watching the animations on the i-Pad © Pitt Rivers Museum|
Thursday, 29 September 2016
It was great to see the public engagement work of the Pitt Rivers represented by Beth McDougall, VERVE Activities and Outreach Officer, and Madeleine Ding, VERVE Volunteers Officer. They talked about how the HLF-funded project VERVE has enabled them to better connect the public with displays in the Pitt Rivers Museum:
|Visitors in the Museum © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Public Engagement © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Rejuvenating Collections and Display © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Outreach Activities © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|From boat-building to kintsugi workshops © Pitt Rivers Museum|
One of the successful VERVE Takeover Events was described further in the lightning talk on 'Joint Museums Youth Forum Project'. This was a sell-out evening event on Mythology by Moonlight organised by Matthew Arnold students with the support of the Secondary School and FE Education Officer, Katherine Rose.
|Poster Advertising Youth Takeover Event|
© Pitt Rivers Museum
The Conference ended with a director-led panel discussion in which future strategy was touched on. Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of The Ashmolean, stressed the importance of the University Collections working closely together and communicating to their audiences that they are part of the University of Oxford's mind-blowing collections.
|Lucy Shaw(left) leads a discussion with Directors © Pitt Rivers Museum|
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
|Hattie Kimberley in the Museum © Pitt Rivers Museum|
Not only has everyone working in the Education Department been welcoming and friendly, they have also been more than ready to share their expertise. Becca McVean, Primary School Education Officer, has been particularly generous with her time, working out a timetable for me and allowing me to watch various presentations from Extreme Environments to History Detectives, and Aboriginal Art to Take One Tahitian MournersCostume. Andy McLellan, the Head of Education, has offered a great deal of welcome practical advice.
|Andy McLellan © Pitt Rivers Museum|
I have helped Katherine Rose with Adult Handling Sessions, Beth McDougall with the VERVE-funded Langtree Amulet Project, and Carly Smith-Huggins with Under 5 events themed on Hats and Feathers, and half-term Family Activities based on the Haida totem pole. I have also shadowed some of the museum’s inspirational learning volunteers as they guided children round various themed trails. All participants, whether child, teenager or adult, have been both engaged and entertained, listening to presentations and learning more when exploring the museum independently.
|Katherine Rose © Pitt Rivers Museum|
The Education Department’s handling collection is nearly as exciting as the contents of the museum itself. Each time I walk into the office another strange and wonderful object is sitting on the table waiting to be used in a session. The whole office is looking particularly organised just now following the sterling work of Rachael Utting who has been cataloguing the entire education collection and storing all the objects in carefully labelled boxes so that when someone needs to lay their hands on an African shield, a headrest, a flywhisk, a fish trap or a Naga spear, it can be done in an instant!
I will miss my newfound friends and colleagues very much when I return to London, not to mention my lunchtime strolls round the streets and alleyways of Oxford. I have been so impressed by this department’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to learning for all – the museum is lucky to have them! I know that my time here has been a really positive addition to my MA learning, and I very much hope to put much of what I have learned into practice in the near future. Thank you everyone!
MA Student in Museums and Galleries in Education, UCL
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
|Around the World in Our Treasures
© Pitt Rivers Museum
|Object Handling © CDAN|
|Museum Tour © CDAN|
We then visited Bayards Hill Primary School as part of their School Fete and bopped to Bayards Got Talent while creating our very own stop-motion with the school’s families.
|Joe from Woodland Ways © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|The Bone flute Band ©Pitt Rivers Museum|