Our Patch of Earth is a new Investigate Learning team project which will be based at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in early 2022.
The theme of the project is linked to environmental responsibility, wellbeing and community.
We aim to explore a range of creative ideas that will influence the development of a new museum ‘secret’ garden.
You can focus upon creative activities and social history by joining in.
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
Day 1 of our filming with Paradigm Arts and the Investigate Learning team have started production of our new Investigate from the Castle Walls digital project kit.
We certainly learnt a lot about filming in windy conditions and had great fun!! Watch this space for more on this new development in the coming months.Read More
Do you enjoy getting creative? Do you want to care for the planet? Well, if you answered ‘yes’ then this project is definitely for you!
‘Your Patch of Earth’ is our new creative arts project, encouraging you to get arty whilst considering environmental themes. All our activities also link to our wonderful heritage sites and collections. Learn how to ‘make do and mend’ with the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, find out how Dennis the Dragon plans to make Lincoln Castle greener, and hear Norse stories about the Gods and the World Tree, Yggdrasil from The Collection.
We want you to get involved by writing stories, making music, painting pictures, taking photographs and using your green fingers. In fact, you can be artistic any way you like!
Every Thursday for 9 weeks (until 3rd June 2021) we will release a new film tutorial to inspire you, as well as highlighting an item or idea from one of our sites. You can access the films from this page, on our site social media pages and on our YouTube playlist ‘Investigate Learning – Your Patch of Earth’.
If you fancy a challenge, you could take part in all 9 activities and receive a certificate from the Investigate Learning team (plus loads of kudos!).
We are also offering the opportunity to achieve your Arts Award Discover qualification with us by doing one of the activities. This is a nationally recognised qualification, suitable for ages 5-25. Keep a look out for more information on getting your Arts Award coming soon!
Dennis the Dragon’s Guide to Going Green – live from 10am 8 April 2021
Create a Dennis the Dragon Storyboard – live from 10am 8 April 2021
Create an Art Deco Sunburst – live from 10am 15 April 2021
Give a Gift to Mother Earth – live from 10am 22 April 2021
Create an Orchard Soundscape – live from 10am 29 April 2021
Make do and mend – live from 10am 6 May 2021
Norse Nature Mythology – live from 10am 13 May 2021
Make a Self-Watering Plant Pot – live from 10am 20 May 2021
Windowsill allotment – live from 10am 27 May 2021
Photographing Wildlife – live from 10am 3 June 2021Read More