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Dig This! Gardening for Happiness and Well-being

7 May 2013

Dig This! Gardening for Happiness and Well-Being

Institute Masters students have been collaborating with London's Geffrye Museum to develop their project on Gardening for Happiness and Well-being.

The students, from the Institute's Museum and Site Interpretation course, are working with Geffrye Museum staff and visitors to highlight the museum’s Herb and Period Gardens through research, resources and events related to gardening and happiness in the English middle-class home over the last 400 years.

The project targets both museum visitors interested in the home, garden and the styles of living adopted in Britain as well as those involved in local gardening communities in Hoxton and Hackney.

Read more about the project and previous and forthcoming events on the project blog prior to the formal project opening on 11 May.

The Institute's Museum and Site Interpretation course aims to foster a broad understanding of the general principles of effective communication with visitors to museums and heritage sites and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning through the provision of supportive practical exercises and assessments.

This is the fourth year in which the Geffrye Museum has worked in partnership with Institute of Archaeology Masters students. These collaborations provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life practice and gives them invaluable first-hand experience in the museum sector.

Forthcoming project events
  • 11 May 2013: Lotions and Potions
    Create pampering products using herbs, flowers and plants from the garden. Drop in workshop for 2-16 year olds, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2:00-4:00pm

    • Free- no need to book in advance
  • 22 May 2013: Making historic remedies
    Learn about London's famous gardeners, herbalists and apothecaries from the 1600s and 1700s and make your own historic remedies and natural cosmetics. Evening event for adults, 6:00-8:30pm

    • Tickets for this event must be booked in advance: Cost: £10, £7.50 concessions (includes a glass of summer punch). Contact: Information and Bookings Officer, 020 7739 9893, bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Further information about all related events is available on the Geffrye Museum website.

Any enquiries about the project may be directed to Han Tao.