Emily Llewellyn, a Year 12 student at Langley Academy and member of their Museum Council explains how she used a story from the BPMA collection in a student-led exhibition.
Campaign! Langley Academy
My school, The Langley Academy in Slough, which is the UK’s first school with a focus in Museum Learning, recently curated an exhibition called Campaign! as part of our Museum Learning term.
The British Postal Museum were kind enough to allow us to include some of their images in the exhibition. This included a photograph on display in the Suffragette case. The photograph shows two women who became known as “human letters” after they posted themselves to Downing Street in an attempt to personally deliver a message to the Prime Minister.
The photo on display alongside an umbrella belonging to Nancy Astor, the first female MP who also lived locally to Slough.
The exhibition was curated by the Museum Team and Year 12 Creative writing students. The exhibition covered multiple popular campaigns throughout history including Suffragettes, the Magna Carta, Child Rights, Human Rights, LGBTQ Rights and Slavery.
Read more about the Suffragette human letters.
We recently loaned The Langley Academy in Slough a selection of objects from our First World War handling collection for a special Time Tunnel exhibition. The Langley Academy is the UK’s first school with specialist Museum Learning status.
The exhibition was curated by the Museum Club – students from Years 7, 8 and 11 with a shared passion for museums. The Time Tunnel exhibition spans 65 million years of history, starting at the dinosaurs and finishing at present day with some of our objects representing the First World War.
Sumaiya, Karam, Daniel, Komalpreet and Saba from Museum Club talk more about the exhibition below:
One Wednesday during Museum Club we skyped the British Postal Museum & Archive to hear about objects that they could loan us and decide what we wanted to borrow and how we could use it. Sally (Learning Officer) and Emma (Curator) explained what the objects were and information about them. We talked about the history of the objects that we wanted to borrow.
When the objects arrived we decided how we wanted to display them. We arranged the objects such as First World War postcards and a field telephone by theme.
Here’s what Karam and Saba had to say about the Time Tunnel exhibition:
‘Being a curator of Time Tunnel was one of the best experiences of my life. I learnt how to choose objects wisely’
‘Being a curator was very exciting. There was a lot of interesting objects from the museums. My favourite objects in the exhibition were the post box and the field telephone’
TEACHERS: Bring the story of the postal service at war to life in your classroom with Last Post the BPMA’s free downloadable digital First World War schools learning resource.
-Sally Sculthorpe, Learning Officer
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