At the heart of it

Using local collections to inspire global learning

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Book

This publication aims to inspire museum, library and archive staff, as well as secondary teachers, to use local collections to engage young people in global learning. It has been developed by a group of museums, libraries and archives professionals. They have used their own experiences to provide a practical, user-friendly toolkit to demonstrate how collections can be used effectively to support secondary education.

It starts by outlining the current context and policy framework, and demonstrates how collections can relate to key concepts in six subject areas: Art & Design, Citizenship, Design & Technology, Geography, History and Science. It then looks at ‘creating a climate’ for learning, ie: breaking the ice, encouraging talk, using different approaches and planning a project. A series of case studies then follows:

  • Sandwell Museums: Using art to explore a sense of place and identity
  • RAF Museum Cosford: Exploring perceptions, developing skills – learning and the world of work
  • Warwickshire Heritage Education: My place – citizenship project with a pupil referral unit
  • Birmingham Archives and Heritage: Bridges project – exploring issues of identity
  • The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum: A Light on Ramadan.

The Tide~ website also has a range of articles relating to this resource.


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