We are delighted to announce that the Rumble Museum has been awarded a Wild Escape grant for an exciting project engaging primary school children with our natural history collections.
In partnership with the Oxford Natural History Museum, we have run tree trail tours and workshops for primary school groups on butterflies and biodiversity on site at the Rumble Museum. These workshops and trails introduced the children to the role and lifespan and homes of the British butterflies in our Rumble Museum collection, and explored the role of the butterflies in a biodiverse environment.
The children then take part in workshops run back at their own school which supported them in writing stories imagining these butterflies in our trees on site in the more nature-rich future. They have also created artwork for their stories.
These stories and artwork are being displayed in a special exhibition at the Natural History Museum on 22nd April to celebrate Earth Day.
We have greatly enjoyed working with Barton Park Primary, St Andrew's Primary and Wood Farm Primary on this project, and with Chris Jarvis from the Natural History Museum who ran fascinating workshops for the groups.
You can view the artwork and stories which the children have produced online here (this is still being added to).
The Wild Escape is made possible by lead support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Art Fund