With help from The Robertson Trust, our Museum2Go project takes the National Museum of Scotland out to schools across the country.

Museum2Go2: Feeling Good project

In autumn 2015 National Museums Scotland began a project focused on body image based on the new fashion gallery due to open at the National Museum of Scotland in 2016. Working with a girls group at Baldragon Academy and with the support of Apex Scotland we spent six weeks exploring past, present and future fashion.

After reflecting on what fashionable body shapes are like now, pupils delved back into history to see how people changed their body shape in the past with the help of various undergarments. The pupils visited the McManus Art Gallery and Museum in Dundee to explore their local collections relating to body image before visiting the National Museum of Scotland for inspiration.

Feeling Good project

Feeling Good project

Above: Pupils exploring fashions from the past and exploring the collections in the stores of the McManus Museum 

Pupils then looked to the future to what they would like to see on the catwalk in 10 years time, before creating their own futuristic designs based around the collections at the National Museum of Scotland.

Feeling Good project


Above: Outfit design inspired by the geology collections at the National Museum of Scotland and a mini version of the outfit.

In the run up to the opening of the new galleries the Community Engagement Team at National Museums Scotland will be working with additional groups on the subject of 'Feeling Good'.

Museum2Go2: Ceramics project

During autumn 2015, we began work with the pupils at Bellahouston Academy, Glasgow, to investigate ceramics at the National Museum of Scotland. 15 pupils worked with ceramicist Moyra Stewart to trail activities based around our Ceramics Handling Collection.

The project began with a visit to the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock, where the pupils met with curator Val Boa to find out about the local history of The Clyde Pottery Company and explore the museum’s collections, before getting a chance to create their very own makers marks.

Over the next few weeks the pupils met with Moyra to trail activities based around our ceramics handling collection. Pupils made decorated jug designs using the scraffito technique of scratching into the top layer of paint to reveal the colours below, and created their own stained glass panels using cellophane.

 Jug design

Stained glass effect created with cellophane

Above: Jug and stained glass designs created by pupils at Bellahouston Academy.

The Museum2Go2 Ceramics Project also worked with Edinburgh Young Carers Project to trial a plate decorating activity.

Plates designed by Edinburgh Young Carers

Above: Plates designed by Edinburgh Young Carers.

The project came to an end at the beginning of October with the pupils from Bellahouston Academy visiting the National Museum of Scotland. After being inspired by the collections in the Animal World gallery, pupils created their own animals using clay.

Pupils creating clay animals

Clay animals

Above: Pupils creating animals out of clay and the pupils final designs.

Pupils enjoyed exploring the museum, learning about ceramics and creating their own pieces. Activity sheets for groups to use to explore ceramics at the National Museum of Scotland will be available soon. 

Museum2Go2: Jewellery project

The second phase of the Museum2Go2 project is focused on the new Art and Design galleries due to open at the National Museum of Scotland in Summer 2016. We wanted to challenge pupils to create their own piece inspired by our fantastic collections, and since December 2014 we have been doing just this.

Pupils from Falkirk High School, Falkirk, and Kirkland High School, Fife, have been working with the jewellers of O-Pin to explore the world of jewellery design. We invited them along to the National Museum of Scotland to find some inspiration for the project and then spent several weeks exploring different techniques and mediums.

Museum2Go2 Jewellery project

Above: Sketching in the Earth in Space gallery, National Museum of Scotland.

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Above: Piercing copper discs.

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Above: Making a silver ring.

On 14 February 2015, we hosted an afternoon of activities for the public, and 300 people joined us to make paper jewellery inspired by our Express Yourself exhibition. Our pupils from Falkirk High School and Kirkland High School helped us shape the activities, and also provided examples for this event. 

Jewellery event at the National Museum of Scotland

Above: Jewellery event at the National Museum of Scotland.

The pupils were then faced with the task of designing and creating their own piece inspired by their time at the museum, and our amazing objects. 

Designing jewellery

Above: Designing and making final designs.

As well as working with professional jewellers, the pupils have also had an insight into how to present their work through working with Stills Photography and completing a photo shoot within the museum with their pieces.

Showcase event

On 22 June 2015 the pupils displayed their jewellery at a showcase event at the National Museum of Scotland. The pupils really enjoyed themselves, and particularly liked taking to people about their designs and experiences.

Jewellery created in a Museum2Go2 workshop

Above: Wearable Galaxy by Megan Arnott. This piece was inspired by the Earth in Space gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

This film charts the progress of the project.

As part of the project, this guide was created for teachers and senior secondary school pupils to use to explore photography within the National Museum of Scotland [PDF 3MB].

Museum2Go2: Science Show

The Museum2Go2 science show started in early 2014 following on from the first phase of Museum2Go and a very successful pilot of Alex’s Amazing Adventure (see more below).

The project continues to be funded by the Robertson Trust and National Museums Scotland.

During this phase of the project we worked with APEX Scotland and pupils at Dunfermline High School, Fife, and Braeview Academy, Dundee, to create their very own science shows.

Working with Science Made Simple and Freelance writer and educator Emily Dodd the pupils selected demonstrations, learnt the science behind them and wrote scripts to link the science together. Pupils at Dunfermline High School wrote The Energizer Show featuring David, an explorer who has lost his way and needs to find his way home using science. Pupils at Braeview Academy wrote The Super Science Sleepover, in which the Joker has stolen the super powers of all the superheroes and they need to use science to get them back.

On 13 June 2014, pupils from both schools performed to packed audiences in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. 

Helping Batman fix his bike in the Super Science Sleepover

Above: Helping Batman fix his bike in the Super Science Sleepover.

From the Alex's Amazing Adventure and Science Show projects, the pupils learnt:

  • Professional presentation and communication training on a science show at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Cross-curricular experience of science, using literacy and performing arts skills.
  • The opportunity to work in teams, and build Curriculum for Excellence capacities.
  • A chance to perform at the National Museum of Scotland in front of a live public audience.
  • Unique work experience in a potential science related career.
  • An opportunity for those less interested in science to engage in a whole new way.
  • The opportunity to shape and inform a developing project at the National Museum of Scotland, as consultants.

We have been making a film with the pupils to document their experiences. We will be uploading this soon so please check back.

You can see highlights from the project in this film:

Museum2Go handling boxes

As part of the first phase of redevelopment at the National Museum of Scotland, The Robertson Trust 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.

In this video, pupils and teachers explain what the project has meant to them.

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.

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. 

You can see more films made during the project here.

Alex's Amazing Adventure

This pilot project ran between January and November 2013. During that time it has trained 12 S2/3 pupils from Holy Rood RC High to present a science show called Alex’s Amazing Adventure.

In this show Alex has to deliver a present to her brother. Along the way she uses different  forms of transport and learns about the science behind her journeys. The project has had a big impact on the pupils involved and has informed the next phase of Museum2Go.

The group were trained by Emily Dodd, who is a freelance writer, educator and genius. You can read a blog post she wrote about the experience here.

On 27 April 2013 the group performed to packed out audiences in our Learning Centre and on 28 November 2013 the pupils brought their show to the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland as part of events for Takeover Day 2013.

Discovery Dome

The Discovery Dome is an Early Years learning resource from National Museums Scotland, created in partnership with Woodlands Nursery, Fife, Knightsridge Primary School, West Lothian and the environmental artist Karin Chipulina. The dome is a place for exploration, play, and investigation centred on learning through objects. It can be used in a variety of ways and for a variety of topics; self-led learning, role play, group work.

Inside the Discovery Dome

Above: Inside the Discovery Dome

The Discovery Dome is now on tour to various Early Years settings around Scotland. Find out how you can borrow the Discovery Dome here.

Supported by

Robertson Trust

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