This week, our Year Nine Museum Studies students were very lucky to be able to visit the Natural History Museum after a long period of closure. They were greeted outside by Rogder Caseby, education officer, before being led into the main building. There Rodger asked them to think about what the building looked like. Some suggested it reminded them of a cathedral or a train station, with its vast and impressive atrium and glass roof. In fact, as Rodger pointed out, it was designed to be a bit like a temple of learning. He told students to look at the outside entrance as they left the building, where they would see a carving of an angel, holding a Bible in on hand, and a model of a cell in the other. At the time of building in 1855-60, science was viewed as being a pursuit which explored and celebrated divine creation, and so the angel was meant to represent this.
We are pleased to launch our new Object A Day Project at the Rumble Museum.
We know that most school students in the UK are now learning from home, and we have started this project so that everyone can engage with and explore our collection in a range of ways over the coming weeks.
Every day during the school closure, we will be posting a different Rumble Museum object, as well as including competitions, quizzes and project opportunities.You can follow the objects on a special blog website set up for the project here.
Check back each day to see what’s new!
We are delighted to announce that on 12th March, the Rumble Museum at Cheney School became the first Arts Council Accredited Museum in a UK school, as it was awarded Full Accreditation by the Arts Council.
The museum has a wide collection of original and replica artefacts, from Greek and Roman coins, lamps and vases, and Egyptian papyrus fragments, to very modern items, like an iPod. It's largest collections are Greek and Roman. There are two very active student Museum Councils who develop and drive forward new projects and displays, and a wide range of events, workshops and other opportunities for the wider public to explore the collections within the school.
The Museum is named after Jamie Rumble, a young man who devoted his life to improving the lives of young people.
This week, to celebrate the Rumble Museum's Future Season, eight six foot robot models were installed at Cheney School by the Rumble Museum, each designed by a different Cheney student to represent some aspect of the future, from climate change and emergency, to the future of cooking and medicine. You can see all eight robots here.