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About the project

Creating Aspirations 2019-2020 is a year long participatory project run by Maja Neske and Sara Rayment, students on the Museums and Galleries in Education MA at UCL, with George Mitchell Primary School. It is part of the UCL East schools programme managed by Emma Bryant, UCL Culture.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a virtual Grant Museum Takeover is replacing the real one originally planned for April 2020, this is the culmination of the year’s work. The pupils, aged 9-10, from Year 5 Yew class, wrote a trail with 13 objects. This became a virtual tour of the museum.


Project partners

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George Mitchell School
George Mitchell School is a popular and successful All-through school, educating children across three phases: Early Years, Primary and Secondary. We have almost 1000 children from nursery age to Year 11. Being an all-through school gives us great opportunities to tailor our curriculum and provision to the needs of every child and we are continuously looking at ways to stretch and challenge our students.

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Museums and Galleries in Education MA
The Museums and Galleries in Education MA combines academic study with professional educational practice in museums, galleries and heritage sites, looking at influential contemporary and historic theories in museum and gallery education.

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UCL Culture Schools Programme
Learning with our collections and sharing our incredible objects with young people through school visits and museum projects.
Creating Aspirations is part a free dedicated programme for schools from the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

UCL East

UCL East
Building on UCL’s progressive history, positive impact and disruptive spirit, UCL East is the university campus of the future. We are bringing together UCL academics, students, local communities and industry to solve the biggest challenges affecting people’s lives and the planet – today and into the future.


Thank you for the feedback to date

"Thanks Yew class for a wonderful tour of the museum! It was really interesting to hear what you enjoyed about the project and about your thoughts on UCL and going to university. Now I want to come and visit!"

"What a great insight to the objects in the Grant Museum. Your well written labels and video clips really brought the objects to life and made me want to visit, really good work from everyone! Thank you to everyone from George Mitchell School for sharing your experience, follow your ambitions and I hope we will be welcoming you to UCL as students or Directors in the future."

"I loved this virtual tour! Especially some labels are translated into other languages so this would be helpful for foreigners too! Interesting to see various choices and really enjoyed them!"

"I thought the tour was wonderful. Very informative and the enthusiasm of the pupils is infectious."

"Thank you students for bringing alive some of the exhibits of the Grant Museum. You had each found something that interested you and your enthusiasm shone through, making me want to go and visit the museum one day."

"I thought the tour was brilliant and choice of animals amazing! It was lovely to hear the curator - and children!"

"Such a brilliant project! I am very impressed that you made it happen under these unprecedented times. It is inspirational to me as an MA student!"