ACTIVITY AND OUTREACH PROGRAMME
We are planning to set up a number of interesting activities to bring the Museum further into the local community. These activities will be set up and coordinated by a member of staff who will be recruited in Autumn 2018 and be with the project for three years. They will develop activities in such a way that they will be successful and sustainable into the future. We hope to include:
Two self-guided trails within the Moot Hall will be developed - one for children and one for adults. These will build on existing Museum practice. Trails will be interactive, fun, encourage enquiry and be available on demand. Development of the trail materials will be led by the Volunteer and Activities Development Officer (the new staff member) supported by volunteers. Trails will be available on-line, in printed form or by using tablets in the museum. The children’s activity trail will include the use of an activity bag and provide an attractive sticker for completion. A Project budget is available to support this.
A series of self-directed town trails will also be produced linked to the stories and artefacts in Museum Collections to encourage exploration and deeper learning and understanding both of Aldeburgh and further afield. Examples include: a Saxon Trail; a Garrett trail; Moot Hall and Civic Aldeburgh; Aldeburgh and the Arts.
A range of one-off and regular events will be offered as part of the Project. These will be piloted and evaluated with the intention of their forming the basis of a sustainable programme of events post-project. Events will be offered during the capital works to raise awareness, encourage local and wider engagement and encourage and facilitate an understanding of, and enthusiasm about, the Museum, the Moot Hall and heritage buildings and conservation more generally.
Christmas and New Year themed events
The Museum will deliver a focused set of small scale festive events exploring various themes such as: Christmas in Aldeburgh; Aldeburgh in winter; a Victorian Christmas including making decorations; the Winter Solstice. The events will offer hands-on craft making, music and poetry. Opportunities to link these to the offer in local hotels during the period will be actively explored.
Family Summer Afternoons
A school summer holiday programme of two-hour workshops outside the Museum on the grass area. These are aimed at families having fun together, with parents staying with their children during the afternoon. The events will be designed in partnership with young people, families’ organisations and the Museum Users Group and delivered by a professional facilitator.
Schools and Young People’s Programme
A programme of activities will be developed in collaboration with local Primary and Secondary Schools and organisations that work with young people, to enable children, young people and staff of those organisations to engage with the Museum and its Collections.
Young People's Activities
The Project will establish a menu of opportunities to enable young people’s groups to achieve their aims. For example: enabling Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to achieve Heritage Activity badges; Woodcraft Folk to achieve awards and Duke of Edinburgh groups to achieve their volunteering element.
Reminiscence of the History and Heritage of Aldeburgh
The Project will undertake learning and outreach work with those in elder care settings and develop its existing collection of oral histories. This work will support further development of temporary exhibitions and enhance museum interpretation. The Project will work within eldercare settings to create a reminiscence box and volunteer facilitated session about the history and heritage of Aldeburgh.