This term, Rumble Museum Council students are working on an exciting new art installation project with artist Jane King and Extinction Rebellion Food & Farming. They are designing and creating new art installations to represent the impact of food and farming on the environment. These will be installed in time for our Festival of the Future on 25th March where hundreds of visitors will be able to see it.
We are delighted to announce that from July 2019 to April 2020 the Rumble Museum is running a Future Season.
This season is an exploration of objects and ideas about the future of society, from ancient predictions and perspectives, science fiction stories, novels, essays and art, climate change and environmental impact, school, town and city planning, to the latest robotics and artificial intelligence.
There will also be a range of competitions and projects, including our Robot Plinth Art Project, our Young Person's Science Fiction competition, Cities of the Future and Robotics projects, all culminating in our Festival of the Future on March 25th, 2020.
You can follow Future Season events on our Future Season Blog.
We look forward to seeing you at a Future Season event soon!
We are running an exciting project to open the historic building of St Alban's Church in East Oxford to the public.
St Alban's Church contains many beautiful examples of architecture, including a carving by John Henry Brookes, founder of Cheney Technical School, one of the schools which went on to form Cheney School where the Rumble Museum, which The Iris Project runs, is based. John Brookes is a very important person in the history of education in the city. It also contains a series of "Stations of the Cross" sculptures by artist Eric Gill, as well as many structural features that are very striking, including its large semi-circular windows, and a statue of St Alban.
We bring regular artefacts, replica and original, to explore. It is an exciting opportunity for people to learn about the story of the building and experience its architecture and art in a relaxed setting.
We are also creating a new website exploring the building. The church is nestled in a vibrant area of East Oxford, where there is a very diverse community, with many families, young people, elderly, and also including disadvantaged communities. This project intends to reach out to anyone who is curious to step inside the building and learn a bit more about it.
This is a secular project to encourage community friendship, enjoyment and use of a historic building and museum learning.
To find out when you can drop in, please visit our What's On page.
We are delighted to announce that from January to June 2019 the Rumble Museum is running an Our Planet Season.
This season is a celebration of the amazing diversity of life on earth, and explores natural history and biofacts, latest scientific discoveries, as well as the rich human history of our planet. The season includes a wide range of exciting events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, film viewings and other activities. It includes our major annual festival, themed this year on Natural History in particular, on 27th March, as well as a Global Awareness Festival, a Stargazing event, a bird exhibition, and a number of pop-up events throughout the next few months.
There will also be a range of competitions and projects, including our Dragonfly Trail project and our Weird Fishes project.
This season is an especially exciting season as we also celebrate submitting our final application for full Arts Council Museum Accreditation. Our Planet Season will be able to showcase the many exciting exhibitions and artefacts in our collections in a variety of new ways. You can keep up-to-date with our latest announcements, projects, events and other items on the Our Planet Season blog.
We look forward to seeing you at an Our Planet event soon!
Eight large (five foot long and five foot wing span) dragonfly models were installed in March. The dragonfly models each had their theme designed by Cheney Art students to represent different areas of learning. They are striking, colourful and educational works of art which have provided an inspiring outdoor art exhibition for students, staff and visitors. The trail was unveiled for the public at the Iris Festival of Natural History & More at Cheney School on 27th March, 2019.
We also gave six miniature dragonflies for local primary schools to theme and bring for the day of the festival to be included in the trail on the day. East Oxford Primary, Bayards Hill, St Mary & St John, St Andrew’s, St Ebbe’s and Windmill all decorated a model. You can explore their designs on a special Dragonfly Trail website.
We are now offering each of the the eight large dragonflies for auction! If you would like to buy one (or more) of our eight beautiful dragonfly models, we would love to hear from you.
All funds raised from the auction will go towards our next art installation project for the eight plinths.
This term all Year Eight students at Cheney School are studying an exciting new module designed around the original and replica artefacts from the Rumble Museum's Suffrage Collection in History lessons.
Each lesson explores a different aspect of the campaign for women's votes through artefacts and primary source material, incorporating object handling alongside a range of writing and activity tasks. Our Women's Suffrage Season Blog is updated every week with a full write-up of the lessons, links to further information and regular features such as quiz questions.
An accompanying booklet has been produced to support the lessons: “A Story of Women's Suffrage”. The book is narrated by suffragette Annie Kenney, who is also featured in our new mural in the Lane Building.
The full booklet can be found by clicking on the image below. We are making this booklet freely available for all to download, but we are grateful for donations to help cover the costs of producing it, which can be made online here.
This year, The Rumble Museum at Cheney is running a variety of projects, exhibitions, talks and workshops to explore the story of Women’s Suffrage in the UK and beyond.
There will be a variety of pop-up exhibitions and events throughout the year, starting with Year Eight students creating an alternative guide to the Weston Library’s Exhibition “From Sappho to Suffrage” and culminating with an all day event on 14th December to mark the first time women in England voted in a general election.
The Rumble Museum at Cheney has been working with Cheney alumni, students and staff on exploring the history of Cheney School. We have designed workshops introducing the history of the school, and produced a set of large exhibition boards (pictured above) detailing its long and fascinating history.
Cheney School's earliest roots stretch all the way to around 1797, when four Sunday Schools were started in Gloucester Green. One of these gradually grew, and went on to move into a purpose built site on New Inn Hall Street in 1901, becoming Oxford Central Girls School. Eventually, in 1959 it moved to the Cheney Lane site and became Cheney Girls Grammar School. However, this is only half the story! In 1934 John Henry Brookes created a junior day department of the Arts and Technical College, based in Church Street near st Ebbe's. This later become Cheney Technical School and moved to Cheney Lane in 1954. The two schools eventually merged in 1972 to become Cheney Comprehensive School.
This week, we were delighted that Rosie Sharkey, Outreach Officer from the Bodleian Library, visited some Year Eight History students to deliver the first session of a wider project involving the Library's forthcoming "From Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared" Exhibition.
We are delighted to be launching a new project, the Living Museum, which enables students to explore, introduce and display objects from their own lives at the Rumble Museum.
This year, the Rumble Museum is working with a Year Eight History class, exploring ways to introduce artefacts and Living History learning into the curriculum.
The Year Eights have been learning about the Industrial Revolution and life in the workhouses, and the Rumble Museum helped design a Living History lesson on the Victorian workhouses.
The Victorian workhouses were portrayed most famously and influentially by author Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist. We began by placing the contents of a typical workhouse meal on each table. Everyone was given a spoon, and set in front of them was a bowl of gruel and some bread. In the rather ironic menu, butter was listed, but this was not on our menu list for Tuesday after all (and also not offered to men), so it was simply bread and gruel!
One of the most exciting new projects we are developing together with the classics centre this year involves the design and creation of a number of murals which will explore possible biographies for some of the many Roman artefacts we have on display at the centre.
Most of the items we have are pieces of much larger objects, and the idea behind these mural trails is to show the story of how some of these items would have been made and used, and eventually broken, and discovered centuries later as fragments. Each trail will consist of three murals which trace these stories; the artefact itself will then appear in small cabinet at the end of the mural trail. The trails will eventually appear all across the school campus, as well as in feeder schools.