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24th June 2019

Last week, Year 5 students from Collingwood Primary School visited the Maritime Museum to take part in a pilot of the Museum in a Box project!

The project is being co-produced with Heritage Learning as part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City learning programme. It gives students the exciting opportunity to develop their skills in historical enquiry and literacy, in addition to understanding the importance of local history, to discover what makes an engaging historical experience!

As part of this project, the students were invited to visit the Maritime Museum on Thursday 20 June. During their visit, the students were able to practice historical enquiry through handling historical objects such as whale baleen and a whaling harpoon. By doing this, they were able to extract information about an object through sight, touch, smell and sound!

Following this, there was an exploration of the galleries in the Maritime Museum which allowed the students to understand how objects are presented. They were looking at all aspects of the galleries, from the length of the labels to the interactive elements to which helped them understand what makes an engaging display.

Drawing on everything they had learned from earlier in the day, the students lastly turned their hand to making their own labels for the objects they handled earlier in the day. This involved considering what information they wanted to communicate to visitors that would both informative and engaging.

The students will now take their new skills with them into the classroom. Collingwood Primary School has been given a selection of original and replica artefacts, mini display cases, oral histories and historical images which they can use to create their very own classroom museum!