As its National Poetry day I thought it was the perfect time to tell you about our poetry inspired Bronze Arts Award school project.
Earlier this year we were lucky enough to receive Partnership for Excellence Arts Award funding from Arts Council England. Arts Award projects encourage young people to develop their own arts practice. Lots of museums throughout the UK are partnering with schools and other youth organisations to deliver projects. You can find out more about Arts Award here.
We’re using our funding to deliver an exciting Bronze Arts Award project called ‘Communicating Conflict’ with a year nine class from Haverstock School in Camden. The students will work towards the Arts Award in their English lessons. The project will encourage students to make connections between the war poetry they’re studying in school and the First World War stories and objects in our collection.
Throughout the project the students will work with the fantastically talented performance poet Joelle Taylor. Joelle will run a series of workshops to support the students to develop their drama, storytelling and writing skills. We held the first two workshops last week.
Joelle’s workshops are just part of the busy programme of Arts Award activity. The students will pay a visit our museum store and archive to explore our wartime collections. They’ll also take part in theatre workshops with the Big Wheel Theatre Company and will meet a contemporary war poet.
These experiences will inspire the students to write and perform their own poetry. In the coming weeks the students will be blogging for us. Stay tuned to hear more about this exciting project in their words.
– Sally Sculthorpe, Learning Officer