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Inspiring young minds at the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum enriches lives in Hackney and beyond. We explore the history of home. In 2018, we will close for two years for vital redevelopment work. During that period, we must continue to provide our award winning learning programmes to local school children.

January 2018 - October 2019

Charity information: The Geffrye Museum Trust

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  • Need


    Unequal access to, and engagement with, meaningful cultural learning opportunities. 60% of our schools visits are from Hackney and Tower Hamlets – two of London’s most deprived boroughs – where 55 % of pupils are from households where English is a second language, 37% live in a household where no-one works and only 18% of pupils go on to higher education. Hackney has the third highest rate of child poverty in London.


    Our schools outreach programme will address issues such as falling literacy, youth unemployment and social exclusion. We challenge the link between poverty and low educational achievement through the provision of high quality education that provides a positive learning experience. We will develop fun, themed learning sessions, expand our handling collection, which will facilitate learning whilst the museum is closed, and develop and pilot innovative new sessions for schools for reopening.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To continue vital educational provision in East London whilst the museum is closed.


    » Develop and deliver themed object based outreach sessions with schools offsite during 2018 -2019.
    » Deliver 10 outreach sessions per year during 18 months closure.

    What success will look like

    20 outreach sessions for local schools will have been delivered over the closure period 2017-2019 totaling 600 instances of participation.

    Aim 2

    Expand handling collection for teaching off-site


    » Expand our existing handling collection into a series of themed object handling sessions.
    » Ensure a legacy for the new handling collection once we reopen which can be used across all of our audiences.

    What success will look like

    The handling collection will have expanded to include more relevant objects for engagement. Participants will respond well to chosen objects in the handling collection.

    Aim 3

    Plan and deliver in-depth project work with schools to pilot new learning sessions.


    » Work with 3 local primary schools, 2 local secondary schools and 1 Special Educational Needs school to develop new schools’ sessions
    » Deliver these new sessions when we reopen in Winter 2019.

    What success will look like

    Teachers will feel their learning objectives have been met; pupils will have a positive learning experience.Three new sessions will have been developed for when the museum reopens

    Aim 4

    Inspire children and increase self –esteem and enthusiasm for learning


    » Develop inspiring outreach sessions which are relevant and engaging for school children and their teachers.
    » The project work will be linked to the themes of our new home gallery and meet schools’ interests and curriculum needs.
    » Offer an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning and can be developed as part of schools’ Arts Award objectives.

    What success will look like

    School children will expand their horizons and build their confidence and aspirations.

  • Impact


    By 2021, we will attract 12,000 children under 18 in formal education to the museum each year. Currently, this figure is 5,700.We will develop our learning and engagement expertise and be able to share our practice with schools. Staff and freelancers’ skills and knowledge will increase around barriers to learning for children eg. how to improve literacy skills for children. We will improve partnership working with local schools and build on this relationship for the future.


    -Programme delivery exceeds budget.
    Careful planning and budgeting to ensure accurate budgets are in place.
    -Harm to children and the public.
    We regularly review our security systems and ensure staff are properly trained
    to be vigilant and respond effectively to incidents. DBS checks are undertaken
    and Child Protection Policy and Procedures and Vulnerable Adults Policy and
    Procedures are reviewed and updated annually.


    Through our regular e-newsletter, and regular social media updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,700 Staff training Outreach training for Geffrye staff
      £600 Staff travel Travel to outreach session locations
      £8,000 Freelancer fees Professional fees for freelancers who will develop and deliver outreach sessions
      £3,700 Equipment Equipment and materials for outreach sessions and items for handling collection
  • Background


    Although there have been huge improvements in Hackney over the last decade, it is still the 11th most deprived local authority in England and has the fourth highest rate of child poverty in London. The total population is 263,150, of which 25% are under 20. Hackney is the sixth most culturally diverse borough in London. 63.8% of households are from different ethnic backgrounds;44% of households rent from a social landlord and 14.5% of residents are disabled or had a long-term limiting illness.


    Benficiaries will include school age children (5-18) and their teachers, who will be offered INSET days to develop skills around heritage and history. We anticipate approx. 1,500 instances of participation during closure outreach visits. Recent comments from pupils and teachers include: ‘Children showed an enthusiasm and interest in the session and this has stimulated them to carry on learning’ Year 2 teacher ‘it was SO much fun. I enjoyed all of it and it boosted my confidence!’ Year 4 pupil.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Geffrye Museum is a leading provider of cultural learning in Hackney and our award-winning programmes are central to our mission and a vital resource for the community. We are an ideal platform for learning and have been a pioneer in museum education since the 1930s. Acknowledgments include the Sandford Award, shortlisted for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, reaching the top six from 800 nominations and the Quality Badge awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nicola Higgins

    Primary School’s Programme Manager. She has developed excellent relationships with local schools and teachers during her time here.

    Janice Welch

    Head of Learning at the Geffrye. She oversees and manages the learning team and has led her team through many successful learning projects.

    Experienced Schools’ Freelancer Team

    we have an experienced pool of creative, dedicated schools’ freelancers, many of whom have worked with the Geffrye for a number of years.