5 galleries to consider for your next school trip

Date Posted: 28/12/2018

We round up five gallery experiences that teachers should have on their radars in 2019, teaching children about everything from Art to Technology to Engineering.

1. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery offers a range of learning sessions which study faith, Art, how the works make you feel, ancient Romans and Egyptians. Combine a visit with one of the Birmingham Museums Trusts’ other venues, including ThinkTank, Aston Hall, Bakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle. 

2. Bristol Museums & Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, part of the Bristol Museums umbrella which also includes M Shed and The Georgian House Museum among others, offers accompanying workshops suitable for Key Stage 1 – 3 groups. These can tie in with Art, History and Science and involve handling, costumed role-play, ‘meet the expert’ opportunities, gallery activities, storytelling and tours that bring local history to life.

3. London Transport Museum

The new permanent gallery at London Transport Museum introduces students to the world of engineering and tests their skills in a series of interactive exhibits designed to inspire an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Games and challenges will encourage creativity, social value and information on the range of jobs available in engineering.  

4. The V&A Museum

The V&A in London focuses on Art and Design and caters for all Key Stages. Primary pupils can enjoy handling sessions, trying on costumes and taking part in gallery sessions which coincide with exhibitions. Secondary students can enjoy gallery sessions too as well as curator talks and career days.

5. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is a museum for modern and contemporary sculpture, presenting work in over 500 acres of historic parkland and five indoor galleries. YSP provides an innovative learning programme for schools and teaches pupils about sculpture and a wide range of other subjects at all Key Stages of the National Curriculum.

Lead image: Credit Bristol Museums.

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