If young children can be encouraged to love museums, the more likely they are to visit them as adults!
We aim to create a children’s corner in each room, with activities, child-friendly exhibits and dressing up opportunities.
‘Make their Day’ features nursery rhyme story boards with a handling box best suited to Pre-Schools, Rising Fives and early KS1 children.
Sherborne Museum came up with the idea to provide close links with local schools, leading to the formation of the Schools Liaison Committee, a first in the area for a small museum. Representatives from local schools and from our staff meet annually to discuss ways in which education can be developed through use of the Museum. Students prepare their own exhibitions for display each year in the Schools cases in the ground-floor Gardner Gallery. In 2012, for example, The Abbey School highlighted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Sherborne Boys’ School and Sherborne Girls’ focused on sporting themes and their Olympian alumni.
We welcome visits from schools and can open out of hours to accommodate requirements. Knowledgeable stewards can be on hand to provide tours and extra information if needed. Preliminary visits from school staff can also be arranged, as can follow-ups in the form of handouts and loans boxes. Themed objects from the reserve collection can also be accessed on request and our site can be used to explore other areas of the curriculum, such as the town’s link with historic trades. Our codes of conduct, health and safety, risk management and equality policies are all regularly reviewed and updated and current information on accessibility is available on this website. Feedback is encouraged from staff and students.
We are happy to offer work experience placements for older students where they are able to see for themselves how a museum operates from day-to-day.
Opportunities are available on the reception desk, cataloguing, theming artefacts, simple administrative tasks, creating handling boxes, conservation work and general shadowing of Museum staff.
Recently we have had pupils from the Boys’ School working through the community aspect of their International Baccalaureate, and a media student from Yeovil College completing his final year project on the history of the Abbey. Students from the Gryphon School also provided imaginative ideas for our Sensory Trail.
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