16 May 2019

Mobile Museum schools project

By Development and Alumni Relations Team

The Mobile Museum project, a unique collaboration between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway, is supporting an exciting learning initiative. In autumn 2018, two London primary schools joined forces with Royal Holloway and Kew to develop a new approach to object-based learning about plants. This will culminate in July 2019 with the curation of two school museums by the pupils.

The two schools taking part in the project are Wilberforce Primary School, Queen’s Park (Westminster) and St Monica’s Primary School, Hoxton (Hackney).

The schools project aims to:

  • research how and why plant-based objects from Kew were sent to 700 schools across the UK during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • construct temporary museums devoted to plant-based objects in two London primary schools, using an innovative whole-school approach
  • create supporting cross-curricular educational materials that link to science, geography, history, arts, design and technology, and language learning for Key Stage 1 and 2

The project includes a series of workshops for teachers and classroom- based activities for pupils. Pupils and teachers will select plant-based objects—both raw materials and artefacts made from them—that are culturally significant.

This project adopts a whole-school approach in which every pupil and teacher in each school is involved, extending also to the wider community so parents and caregivers can contribute. The process of developing the learning programme is participatory, with teachers and pupils working closely with project staff.

Project resources, including a teachers’ handbook Curating a School Museum, are designed to support the delivery of the National Curriculum, contributing to pupils’ knowledge, skills-set and self-confidence.

If you have any interest in the project, or the areas/schools it’s working with (Queen’s Park and Hoxton), please get in touch.