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Passing the Baton

8 February 13 -- jsuess
Sharing museum knowledge and skills with the next generation of teachers.

The Learning and Access Team from the Oxfordshire Museum Service (HOOH) and OxfordBrookesUniversity have recently joined forces to help deliver a new module for third year teaching students. The aim of the module is to introduce students at the very start of their teaching career to the wealth of learning opportunities offered by object-handling and museum visits.

Two groups of students joined the HOOH team at their base at the Museum Resource Centre at Standlake.  Having spent some time exploring fun ways to interact with artefacts and preparing for the week ahead, they then joined the staff team delivering workshops throughout the county.  A full and varied programme involved school workshops, both at The Oxfordshire Museum and in local schools, as well as Reminiscence sessions with older people.

Students were “incredibly impressed by the quality and huge range of resources that TOM/the Museum Service had at its disposal". The value of the placement scheme for student teachers is reflected in Hannah’s comment, “It really enlightened me to the amount that children can learn from outside agencies’ vast experience… and the value of allowing children time to explore artefacts for themselves”.

In turn, we thoroughly enjoyed having the students with us and appreciated their enthusiasm, professionalism and willingness to turn their hands to many different experiences throughout the week.

We would also like to thank Christine Jeuckens, Collections Manager at the Resource Centre, and the school staff and older people for making the students feel so welcome.  We feel confident that this will be ths start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.

Gill Munday
Heritage Learning and Access Manager
Oxfordshire County Council