Schools Engagement Manager, Emma Bryant, is dedicated to working with schools in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is part of UCL’s work towards the new campus opening there in 2022 as part of East Bank. Envisaged as a new model for embedding a university campus in the community, you can find out more about UCL East here.
Emma was invited to speak at the international conference Universeum, on the theme of university museums assuming a social and societal role. Watch a video of Emma describing her work.
In response to lockdown two projects went virtual in 2020.
- 'Make An Impression II' showcases the work of students aged 13-18 who took part in the printmaking project. View the gallery here
- As part of the 'Creating Aspirations' project, George Mitchell School's Year 5 Yew Class took over the Grant Museum of Zoology. Take the virtual tour here
We commissioned a series of blog posts about our school work, written by UCL students and graduates who lead many of the activities. They give an insight into the many experiences of engaging with young people, and museum objects, and how students learnt skills and developed new types of self-knowledge. Available on the UCL Public Engagement blog here.
A detailed report on the impact of work carried out with schools last year is available to download: UCL East Museums and Schools Programme 2019-2020.
Reports on the first two years of the programme are also available, UCL East Museums and Schools Programme 2018-2019, and Evaluation Report 2017-2018 which describes the programme content in more detail.
We ran a special project in Hackney, during the 2019-20 academic year, exploring the link between robots, computer programming, 3D printing and animal movement. To find out more, visit the Ogden Trust website.
Museum workshops for East London Secondary Schools
You can find out about these on our Secondary Schools page.
Primary School Partnership
We have come to the end of a three-year partnership with William Tyndale Primary School in Islington, where we worked with the school on one or more of our activities every term. Our aim was to support the school in raising attainment, while introducing subjects that are studied at UCL.
A weekly after-school art club used our objects to inspire Key Stage 2 children. Supported by a student from the Slade School of Fine Art, they then made their own wonder-boxes in the first year. The following year they worked as Slade students would have a century before, with an added focus on women artists. They collaborated on a final piece of work. This year the focus was on the Grant Museum of Zoology collections to inspire animal creations.