The children worked with curators and exhibition designers to create a pop up museum in school. The children worked in groups, with defined individual roles. They found and chose an object/ letter/ document/ photo linked to our Air Raid Shelter museum, researched its ‘story’ and presented this. They interviewed museum and exhibition professionals to find out what being a museum curator means, including what it would mean to them as individuals. They also interviewed an exhibitions specialist to find out how to create an exhibition. With this gathered knowledge the children designed exhibition designs for banners – these will be professionally produced.
The museum went live for the extended school community, and later when the banners are ready, visitors (e.g., other school visits to the air raid shelter). The children evaluated their experiences from start to finish, using criteria developed by the school (see below). They produce portfolios of their work, which formed the basis of an Arts Award application for each child. Every child was subsequently awarded an Arts Award at Explore level.
58 year 3 pupils took part with over 200 adult visitors and over 300 children visitors