Local schools encouraged to participate in new Museum Education Programme | Newry Times

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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National Museums NI’s ‘Museum on the Move’ remote learning programme is bringing a virtual museum experience to children and young people in schools across Co. Down.


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The programme is an exciting and multi-layered alternative to a museum visit.



It combines live and interactive learning sessions, delivered via video link by the museum’s Education team, with investigations of real museum objects in the classroom.

Following a successful pilot scheme across Northern Ireland in 2020, the National Museums NI Education team are offering ‘Museum on the Move’ to support other schools and is encouraging teachers in Co. Down to register their interest in the programme.

Hannah McCaughey, a teacher involved in the pilot programme from St Comgall’s PS, Bangor, said, “The children in P5 were transported to another time and world through the Museum on the Move: Afterlife programme (Ancient Egypt).


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“Having a range of artefacts in their own hands was a powerful experience, along with a live expert archaeologist there to explain their significance.

“Particularly in a time when children are home or classroom-bound, these experiences are very meaningful.

“Looking forward, since budgets are often limited to once yearly trips, the opportunity to bring history, science and geography alive in classrooms more often throughout the school year is invaluable.”

National Museum NI’s Education Manager, Louise Rice, said, “After a really encouraging response to our pilot scheme – we want to continue the programme by supporting schools as all children return to the classroom. 



“We understand how challenging the learning environment is and are positioned to bring unique learning experiences into classrooms in an engaging and safe way. 

“Enhancing and supporting education is at the very heart of National Museums NI, and our collections connect to all areas of the NI curriculum. 

“We have literally thousands of stories that can spark imaginations and empower children to explore their own curiosity and share the discovery. 

“We hope we can support teachers during these challenging times to bring variety to the classroom – not only virtually, but also with real historical artefacts.”

National Museums NI’s Education teamwork in partnership with the teacher to guide their class through an investigation of historic objects.



Teachers receive learning resources and materials with each loan box of museum objects.

The loan boxes are delivered and picked up by museum staff, following Covid-secure protocols.

The National Museums NI team also helps to encourage the children to complete tasks, give feedback, ask questions, and share their creative responses.

Live delivery is enhanced with short films on a variety of themes and with audio from National Museums NI’s sound archive.

Numerous schools have since enrolled in the scheme and National Museums NI is encouraging schools that wish to participate to register their interest, as places are limited.



To find out how to participate in the programme, email: education@nmni.com


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