Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are launching two new education sessions at the venue. The sessions have been devised to work alongside the current national curriculum, while allowing pupils to discover the museum’s collections.

Session one focuses on ‘Local History’, a series of interactive tasks introducing famous figures from Swindon’s past such as Diana Dors and Alfred Williams, and finding out about the Swindon Coat of Arms. The second session, ‘Modern art and the Swindon Collection’, engages with the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art to highlight prominent artists and their work. The sessions are all teacher-led and can be booked on a Monday when museum closed to the public so pupils can explore the collections and have the museum to themselves. Local groups have recently trialled the sessions and the feedback has been incredibly positive.  One pupil said “Learning about the Coat of Arms was my favourite bit.  I didn’t know Swindon had one before!”

These sessions can also be adapted for youth groups, such as the Scouts and Guides or for home education groups. If you’re a teacher or group leader and want to find out more about education sessions at the Museum and Art Gallery, please email smag@swindon.gov.uk or telephone 01793 466556 for an initial enquiry form.

The Museum and Art Gallery has an Early Bird offer for these new sessions.  All teacher-led sessions booked before September 2018, will receive a £10 discount on the cost of a session. (Sessions are priced at £60 for up to 30 children [plus £2per child thereafter up to a maximum of 35 per session]).

The SM&AG team are also working on other sessions which they hope to be able to launch later in the year so keep your eyes peeled!

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