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Learning newsletter - May 2022

selection of bees on display with identification labels. On dislpay in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Busy, busy, bees...

It’s been a very busy few months for the Bristol Museums Learning team. We had our Dinosaur Takeover Week, Ancient Greek Week, and led some wildlife photography sessions in collaboration with UWE Bristol students. Secondary school students made a brilliant mural for their school during a workshop on Protest Art.
You can find out more about what the team have been up to, in particular our partnership projects, in our latest Learning blog. Read our Learning blog.


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Survey results are in.

In March we commissioned a survey to understand what you value about Museums Learning and how we can make the service work for you and the children and young people you teach. You told us that you really like what we provide for learners and want even more from us! Thank you to all those who contributed and took the time to help shape the learning offer.

You told us that you value:
•            Quality and relevance of our programme
•            Access to ‘real’ objects, artworks and historic buildings
•            Skills of the Learning team
•            Cultural Capital for children

We are taking all your comments on board, making improvements to our current work, building on our offers and planning lots of new learning opportunities. We’ll be introducing these in the coming months. We are always keen to hear your ideas and feedback at any time. Contact us.

backs of school children in a classroom with a box of items in sand on table to excavate as part of a Dinosaur Takeover workshop
What’s new?
Our annual Dinosaur takeover in March was a great success and we are running another from 22 to 25 November! We had great feedback from teachers and children who enjoyed the variety of activities and having experts on hand to answer ‘dino’ questions.

Book your class on to Dinosaur Takeover Week.

You can also keep up to date on what’s coming up on our Twitter feed @brismuseumlearn
Three sets of childrens hands holding silver chocoalte moulds as part of the Bristol and chocolate workshop
Due to unprecedented demand, we are now fully booked for all workshops at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until the end of the academic year.
There are a few slots left for any independent visits to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed. Please contact us for any possible late availability.

We are now taking bookings for Terms 1 & 2 (September to December 2022).
3D black and white photo of the skeleton of a lion's head and shoulders
We have the following FREE webinar for schools:

Predators and Prey │ 24 and 25 May, 1.30pm to 2.15pm │ KS2  
Discover how predator and prey animals are adapted to their need to hunt or escape. Using amazing 3D photographic imagery we can get inside the bodies of the animals to explore their skulls, teeth and skeletons. Prepare to be amazed!
a selection of small cast toys: horses and carriages and soldiers. Victorian toys on display at Blaise Museum

Early Years Foundation Stage 

We have workshops and loan boxes for EYFS children. We will be expanding our offer this year so look out for details on our webpages in the coming months.

Toys Workshop - Compare and contrast examples of toys from across time in this hands-on session at Blaise Museum. Available to book on a Thursday term time until November.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life loan box - Investigate our Dinosaur and Prehistoric Life loan box and engage with an amazing selection of real and replica fossils, and realistic models of prehistoric life.

Coming soon! ‘How We Used to Live’ loan box. Handle everyday objects from the past that teach us how we used to work, rest and play.

medieval document held at Bristol Archives. Features a gold plated first letter with painting of two male characters
Resources for learning

We are adding to our Resources pages all the time and hope you find them useful in supporting your teaching.

Our latest video resource is about three medieval documents held in Bristol Archives. These documents give us a good glimpse into what life was like for those living in Bristol 500 years ago. From a map with street names you will recognise today, to a court document about a dispute between neighbours, these archives highlight the differences and similarities between Bristol now and medieval Bristol. Watch ‘Medieval Bristol in three documents’ video.

Something missing? Let us know if you would like a topic covered.

Loan boxes for Bristol schools
Want to handle some colourful Kente cloth from Ghana, explore religious artefacts or how about feeling some real fossils? We have a variety of objects and documents in our loan boxes to bring a mini-museum to your classroom. Loan boxes are available to Bristol schools for a two-week period. Book a loan box on our Learning pages.

arial view of mosaic tiled floor at Kings Weston Roman Villa. Made of interlocking circular pattern is grey, white and red tiles.
Exhibitions and events
Visit the Villa │28 May, 10.30am to 4pm
Visit Kings Weston Roman Villa for a day of family friendly fun. Explore where Romans used to live right on Bristol’s doorstep and discover amazing mosaic floors, underfloor heating and the only Roman bath suite in Bristol.

Wildlife at Blaise │ 1 June, 11am to 3.30pm
Join us for some wildlife-inspired family friendly holiday fun this half term. There’ll be nature crafts, storytelling and plenty of activities to enjoy, including a mini-beast hunt and making your own wildflower seedball.
Spotlight on..

The World Reimagined

From 13 August to 31 October, Bristol is one of seven host cities for The World Reimagined project. This art education project aims to transform how the city understands the Transatlantic Enslavement (of Afrikans) and its legacy.
The project will see a trail of ten large globe structures on display across the city. Local schools and community groups with be involved in the trail as well as other art, learning and community projects. The tenth globe on the trail will be designed in collaboration with a local artist and the community. Bristol’s artist is Michele Curtis who painted the Seven Saints of St. Pauls.

There is an opportunity to meet the artist and add your perspective on this topic on 24 May 6pm to 8pm at St Pauls Learning Centre. Book your place on the Bristol Community Globe workshop.  

Find out more about the World Reimagined learning programme.



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