On Monday 19th January One was invited by the Museum Association to take part in an exciting national project called the Museum Association Transformers Programme. It’s an opportunity for a handful of young people to work with a curator to co-curate an event/convention that explores how museums and tertiary ed providers can work more in partnership, with object-based learning at the heart, to make a greater social impact. The Museum’s Association Transformers Programme is a national project and Suffolk One is working with Colchester and Ipswich Museums, one of 19 Museum organisations taking part.
The aim of the project is to engage new audiences and create new partnerships to maximise the collections at the museum. Our students have been working on reinterpretation of existing collections and thinking outside the box, considering alternative viewpoints and dynamic communication avenues. The project joins students from One, UCS and Colchester Institute to work together in showcasing new potential at the Museum.
As well as planning and brain storming sessions, there were opportunities to go behind the scenes in the stores and take part in object interpretation activities and handling.
The project will culminate in an evening event on the 16th February at the Museum where all of the students will display their work to the public and hopefully engage a new audience with their dynamic and creative ideas.