The Government recognises the enormous potential of museums to enrich learning for children in school. It is therefore working on a national strategy to support museums education and provide effective links with schools.
Many national and local museums have carried out imaginative work to raise standards in education and promote community cohesion. Museums also provide access to quality cultural activities for young people at risk of offending.
There is a tradition of museums supporting quality of life for more vulnerable members of society. For example, at the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield, an older learners' art club worked with an artist-in-residence to produce works of art for an exhibition at the prestigious new Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. The project helped to bring to life many of the artefacts in the museum service's social history collections.
More museums are now beginning to engage with families at risk through involvement with local Sure Start initiatives. Two examples:
- Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, which was recently nominated for a Roots and Wings award for its 'Singing Together' project.
- Falmouth Museum and Art Gallery, which has received acclaim for the 'Fish Heads and Tails' project.
'Fish Heads and Tails' project – on the Falmouth Art Gallery website
29 August 2014