We are excited to launch the Our Patch of Earth Exhibition and Creative Arts Garden project. Watch our new exhibition grow in the Gatehouse Gallery at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life from 28th January to 6th March 2022.
Artist in Residence, Esteban Peña Parga, will explore our relationship with the natural environment to kick start our ‘secret’ garden project with his focus on native wildflowers.
Using innovative painting and drawing techniques, as well as new media and technology in relation to the use of colour and light, this exhibition will evolve as winter turns into spring! Esteban will be on-site to talk to visitors about his practice and we will add to the exhibition during his residency.
Our new potting bench area will be set up for the February half-term holidays and we will start gardening! We will link to Victorian gardening ideas and develop ideas and plans for our ‘secret’ garden area based upon sustainable and environmentally friendly planting.
We welcome enquiries from schools for school learning sessions (Victorians and/or creative arts with gardening) as well as having our family activities school holiday event days.
Watch this space as we will be adding more events and information as the project gets going…
Our Patch of Earth Lunchtime Talks
We are pleased to announce our new Friday Lunchtime Talks at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and to showcase our collaborations for the Our Patch of Earth project.
Time 12 – 12.45 (approx. finishing time). £5 per ticket.
For more information and to reserve your place please contact the Investigate learning team –
email email@example.com or phone the museum 01522 525191.
Friday 22nd April – Esteban Peña Parga – ‘The making of the exhibition’
Artist Esteban Peña Parga explores the influences and themes of his exhibition in the Gatehouse Gallery. Using innovative painting and drawing techniques, as well as new media and technology in relation to the use of colour and light, the exhibition is beautiful and food for thought! Find out more from the artist himself!
Friday 29th April – Sally Bird – ‘Her Patch of Earth – Mrs Smith’s Garden’
Mrs Smith’s Garden was a central feature in her life. This patch of earth dictated the patterns of her year and the activity of her everyday life. Join Sally Bird, learning officer at Mrs Smith’s Cottage, Navenby, to explore Mrs Smith’s approach to the garden which allowed her to create a beautiful and useful space for herself and her community to enjoy.
In this interactive talk you may also make a small garden diary, inspired by Mrs Smith’s own dairy keeping, using scrap paper.
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Friday 6th May – Paul Scott – ‘Sir Joseph Banks and Lincolnshire’
Paul Scott is a trustee and curator of the Sir Joseph Banks Natural History and Science Centre in Horncastle. A must hear talk, with his wealth of stories and research, Paul will explore Banks’ contribution to Lincolnshire. The botanic links are fascinating and hear more about the east coast sunken forest!
Friday 13th May – Debbie Lincoln – ‘Hedgerow Medicine, what our ancestors knew and we have forgotten’
Debbie Lincoln BSc (Hons) is Medical herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She currently practices in and around Lincoln, Sleaford, Newark and the surrounding areas, visiting clients in their own homes. She also runs workshops on foraging for medicinal plants and gives walks and talks about herbal medicine. Debbie has been a fantastic source of knowledge for the Our Patch of Earth garden project as we explore what native plants to include.
For more information please see her website at www.herbwise.co.uk.Read More
That’s what Waddington All Saints Primary have just done!
Wow what a response from the pupils! Using our new Creative Arts kits they set up their own art studio. What an impression it made.
The pupils absolutely loved it and told us it felt like they were in a real gallery and they can’t wait to visit us at the Usher.
It was great to hear how they had linked the art works to their history and geography studies and responded to the De Wint painting of Lincoln Year 4 Teacher and Art and Design lead, Victoria Maycock piloted our new loans kits and told us that when the pupils entered the room they were ‘in awe’.
It was a fantastic way to introduce the art works and find out how they made the pupils feel.
What a great result!!Read More
The Our Patch of Earth project has had a wonderful start at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and the exhibition will now continue until the end of August.
Our Victorian ‘secret garden’ plans are moving ahead and we have had visitors busy planting as part of schools workshops and holiday events! Great stuff.
The themes of the project are linked to environmental responsibility, wellbeing and community.
Our new Victorian Life workshop sessions have been great fun so let us know how we can link Victorians and creative arts for your projects and activities.
Adults may also like to volunteer for this garden project so contact us for more information.
See the details below and signup for our newsletter to know how our project progresses and how your pupils could be involved.Read More
We are looking forward to welcoming you back for our workshops across the sites this autumn. Demand has been very high and we have reviewed our capacity and learning spaces. Access for some of our offers will be limited until next year so please check with us with regard to topic availability. In particular we are unable to offer Egyptians and Greeks at The Collection Museum and the Castle self-led all-inclusive this year.
Our loans kit offer (Investigate Learning on Tour) – see the updated list – has been increased and during the Autumn we will also be adding our new creative arts kits and even a Tudor banquet experience kit! We will also be launching our new ‘Learning from the Castle Walls’ films, focussing on the Norman period for each key stage – they are in the editing suite right now (image above)!
We are launching a new environmental garden project at Museum of Lincolnshire Life called ‘Our Patch of Earth’ which links to the site Victorian history and creative arts. There are opportunities for schools to be involved so watch out for further details.
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We are delighted to have been awarded the Sandford Award for the Investigate Learning team at The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery.
Feedback from lead judge, Nina Sprigge:
“The Collection provides engaging interactive learning experiences, both on-site and digitally. The knowledgeable Learning team is enthusiastic about sharing the significance of the local archaeological collections and deepening understanding of the creative arts.
“Archaeological displays cover Prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Medieval times, along with items from Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. Key Stage 2 on-site visits, in which Lincoln’s Roman and Viking history is imaginatively bought to life for pupils, are highly recommended.
“A well-organized carousel of fun memorable learning activities can include pupils dressing in Roman helmets and marching in formation.
“Creative arts workshops at the Usher Gallery focus on both the permanent art displays and temporary exhibitions, sometimes involving artist in residence projects. Learning staff offer impactful Arts Award projects for both schools and home learners, deepening understanding of artist methods and developing individual creative expression.
“GCSE and A Level students can benefit from working with professional artists, and secondary schools are encouraged to request bespoke projects.”
Anita Fox, Learning Manager for the Culture service said:
“This has been a very unusual year and so to have such positive comments from this assessment is very encouraging. We are looking forward to seeing schools, colleges and university students and teachers back on site in the Autumn.
“We will be publishing our new digital offers too – watch out for our new Lincoln castle learning films. Our loans kit offer has also been expanded and includes new prehistory, early medieval, creative arts (with canvases of art works from our collection) and even our new Tudor banquet kit offer!”Read More
Welcome to our finale of our Battle of Britain Exhibition Learning Project. Our new film showcases the collaborative work to bring to life the art works from the Imperial War Museum and our own collection.
The Creative Collective of young people have been at the heart of this creative response which has been fantastic. How they approached the challenges has been inspirational.
The last year has brought many challenges for us all and so it has been an absolute pleasure to take part in this project which will also be part of the Imperial War Museums digital project in September so look out for that.
It has also been great to award pupils at Birchwood Primary in Lincoln their Arts Award certificates as part of the exhibition project and if schools would like to know more about future projects, or about our work as an Artsmark Partner and Arts Award centre, then please contact the Investigate Learning team.Read More
The Investigate Learning team are looking to commission a Project Facilitator and an Artist in Residence for this fantastic new project at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
This creative arts engagement project will focus upon a range of environment and wellbeing themes linked to the potential future development of a museum garden.
See further details of the project and post in the Project Facilitator and Artist in Residence briefs below.
Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 13th September.
If you would like to discuss this project further please contact the Learning Manager.Read More
See beneath the city and journey back to Roman Lincoln. We unveiled the seven sites of Hidden Lindum Colonia last week as part of our Festival of Archaeology: Exploring local Places.
Take your students on an interactive trail of Lindum Colonia. Follow the map and explore the hidden city between The Collection Museum and Lincoln Castle.
The trail starting point is the Roman villa that was underneath The Collection Museum!Read More
Very exciting news!
During our Festival of Archaeology we launched our new Collection Museum Virtual gallery scan.
You will be able to explore the gallery with your students and develop your own interpretation for the collections. We are now devising new digital learning activities to support you so let us know if there are topics you would like us to focus in on!Read More
The Investigate learning team is delighted to launch a brand new Arts Award offer for budding artists aged 5 to 25. Take inspiration from our ‘Your Patch of Earth’ project to earn yourself an Arts Award ‘Discover’ certificate.
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification from Trinity College London and ‘Discover’ is the first level. It’s a great way for families to be creative and learn about the arts at home, or a fabulous project for the classroom.
It enables young people to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy, or explore new ones, and supports them to connect with their local heritage and arts venues.
To get the award, you need to work through three simple steps and collect evidence as you go:
- Investigate someone who practises an art form – there are many art forms to choose from including sculpture, photography, music, dance, drama and film making!
- Create your own art – again, this can take any form
- Reflect on your experience and share it with others
We’ve got 9 mini ‘Your Patch of Earth’ projects to inspire your art activities. The way you collect and present your evidence is up to you.
You could make a mini portfolio, a poster, a short film, or use web apps like ‘Padlet’. You can download our easy to follow Arts Award Discover – Guide with helpful suggestions and a handy Arts Award Discover – Art Log to fill in too.
Discover at Home is a great option for parents, carers and teachers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained.
How to get your certificate
Our learning team staff are qualified to check your work and apply for your certificate. There is a small charge of £5 per young person, which covers the cost of the certificate from Trinity College London and postage to you.
Submitting your work by email is the best way:
- Set up an email to Investigatefirstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject heading write ‘Arts Award Discover: Your Patch of Earth’.
- In the email, you need to add: Your Full Name and Date of Birth, as well as the address that you would like your Certificate to be posted to.
- Attach images/videos/audio files of your Arts Award Discover work to the email. If any of your work is on paper or physical (eg. A handmade masterpiece, or if you’ve printed our Art Log) then take a photo and attach to your email. If you’d like to link us to anything you’ve uploaded online please make sure we have permission to access it.
- Get an adult to add in this bit to the email: “I confirm that my child/name has completed the ‘Arts Award Discover’ evidenced in this email.” And ask them to add their name.
Once you have submitted your Arts Award evidence, we will send you an email with instructions on how to pay the £5 fee.Read More