Bradford – Bradford Council will find out tomorrow if a new Museums and Galleries learning project has scooped a national award.
The Art & Science of Noticing (ASN), a new learning workshop for schools, has been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Educational Initiative Award.
The ASN encourages children to make their own choices from Bradford museum collections. Children then discuss, draw, describe and question their selected objects. Children are often interested in unexpected things, sometimes without labels, so this project is helping everyone find out more. Teachers have observed that this child centred activity is leading to an enthusiastic and positive approach to literacy, poetry, drawing and other activities.
In the first year from January 2014 – December 2014, 1,146 pupils had taken part in 44 ASN sessions at Bradford Museums. Since January 2015 the number has almost doubled.
Maggie Pedley, Bradford Museum & Galleries Manager, said: “The Art & Science of Noticing workshops support and encourage children to have fun exploring our buildings and collections whilst searching out things that really interest them.”
The workshops have been devised by Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries’ Learning Team, supported by Museums Staff, Children’s Services Achievement Team and Curriculum Innovation Manager.
Other nominees in the same category include initiatives from the Thackray Medical Museum, Derby Museums, Imperial War Museum (London), North of England Civic Trust and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
The awards ceremony is being held in London’s Historic Staterooms on Wednesday, 29 April.
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