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Dig This! UCL masters students at the Geffrye Museum

7 May 2013

Masters students from the UCL Institute of Archaeology are collaborating with the Geffrye Museum on an exciting project about gardening and happiness in the urban home.

Geffrye garden

Dig This! Gardening for Happiness and Well-Being! focuses on the interpretation of the Geffrye Museum gardens for visitors of all ages. A series of events will accompany the project including a garden exhibition, family workshops and a mobile phone tour guide.

Han Tau, one of 16 UCL masters students involved in the project, said: "Through these activities, we aim to establish the museum gardens as a centre of healthier, more conscious living within the urban context."

The next event is on Saturday 11 May and will explore the theme of Lotions and Potions. Visitors will be invited to create pampering products using herbs, flowers and plants from the Geffrye gardens. Drop in to this free event between 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00. Please see the events listing for more information.

The 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. Meanwhile, it helps the Geffrye Museum to engage with young people and encourage them to enjoy and learn from the museum's collections, buildings and gardens.

Image: Edwardian period garden at the Geffrye Museum by Mandy Williams


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