Schools outreach: Museum2Go With help from the Robertson Trust, we took the museum out to schools across Scotland. As part of the first phase of redevelopment at the National Museum of Scotland, The Robertson Trust have funded a project to develop a way for pupils to experience the museum at their own schools. The project, Museum2Go, exposed the museum’s collections to previously unreached audiences and encourage these people and their families and friends to visit the museum for themselves. Watch this video to find out what the project meant to pupils and teachers. We worked with Methilhill Primary and Community School, Fife and Park Primary School, Clackmannanshire and Knightsridge Primary to develop handling boxes for use out in schools. The four topics were: Ancient Egypt, Rainforest, Africa and Carnival of the Animals. The ideas for the topics and the research are all being developed by the kids, with help from our curators and the Community Engagement team. At each school we ran an event for the wider school community, so the pupils could show off what they had done. Africa: Methilhill Primary On 2 February 2012 we ran a community event at Methilhill Primary to showcase the pupil’s work. Around 130 pupils and parents visited the exhibitions over the day and in the afternoon parents were treated to a performance by the children of African drumming they had learned earlier in the day. Above: Pupils drumming with Chief Chebe. Above: Pupils get their groove on. Above: Pupils show parents and teachers what they have been learning. You can see a film made on the day here. Rainforest: Park Primary, Alloa Park Primary School, Alloa put together a box of museum objects themed on Tropical Rainforests. This box will be used by other schools to learn about the Rainforest. In this video the pupils and teachers explain in their own words what the project has meant to them. Above: Pupils examining animal skulls. Above: Rainforest display at Park Primary School. Carnival of the Animals: Knightsridge Primary Knightsridge Primary, as part of the Museum2Go project, put together a box of museum objects on the theme of Carnival of the Animals and is all about different animals from around the planet. Above: Pupil from Knightsridge Primary with cheetah skin. In this video the pupils and teachers explain in their own words what the project has meant to them. Showcase event May 2012 On 18 May 2012 a large event was held at the National Museum of Scotland to showcase the pupils work to each other, parents, members of the public and project stakeholders. The event comprised of the following: A 'market place' for pupils to exhibit and present to parents, other pupils and invited guests all the work they had done. Pupils hosted stalls and answered questions from visitors. Above: Inside the Discovery Dome. Above: Part of Knightsridge P5 display. Above: Guests viewing the exhibitions. Above: Pupils from different schools sharing experiences. Above: Hard at work, exhibiting! Two separate presentations, one by Conor Hull, Project Officer, to the primary school groups, and for early years groups by Jane Miller, Community Engagement Officer, tracing the progress of the project, including screening three short films featuring pupils and teachers explaining the impact the project has had on them. Above: Conor Hull, Project Officer and Catherine Holden, Director of External Affairs, giving presentations. There was a performance by Knightsridge Primary P5 to the audience on the topic of biodiversity conservation, where they sang 'The Circle of Life'. Borrowing the boxes Find out more about the contents of the boxes and how to borrow them for your school here. Contact project officer Conor Hull email@example.com for further info. Related pages Museum2Go boxes Feast Bowl blog Schools outreach blog posts Find out what happened at our community day at Methilhill Primary and Community School Find out about our museum box project at Alloa Park Primary School Find out how Knightsbridge Primary created their animal-themed museum box. A pupil from Park Primary School with a Rainforest insect.