“This is just the kind of thing we need to keep the curriculum fresh, interesting and creative.”
- Primary School teacher
Working with local schools can be a fruitful relationship but many museums struggle to engage teachers. Often all that is needed to spark the interest of teachers is a good idea, and the Take One model might be just the idea museums need.
Based on the National Gallery’s hugely successful Take One Picture project, it aims to help local teachers explore the cross-curricular uses of collections, by choosing a single object, document, site or picture as a focus. Where possible students explore an object with local significance to increase their identity with, and understanding of, their local area.
How does Take One work?
- A museum works in partnership with one or more local schools to facilitate engaging cross-curricular learning experiences.
- Each Take One project might involve one class, year group or the whole school. This might be a day of events, a week, a half term or a full term.
- Take One Champions cascade training to other museums in their area who, in turn, provide professional development for local teachers.
- At the end of the project, pupils’ achievements are celebrated through an exhibition or event.
- Throughout the process museum staff, teachers and pupils develop shared learning through collaborative working – which is at the heart of Take One
Planning your project
There are a few simple things you can do to start you thinking about your own Take One project.
- Attend a Take One training day held in Somerset - next on 24 June 2013
- Watch the Take One promotional video created by The National Gallery
- Explore the Take One website
- Download the full Take One workbook
Champions for the South West Region
The National Gallery have appointed the Somerset Heritage & Libraries Service as the Take One Champion for the SW Region. This team has received training from the National Gallery and has helped coordinate the regional projects and training since 2009 (see below).
If you’re interested in running a Take One project, the SW Champions will help you develop your ideas and liaise with the National Gallery to help you access advice and enable you to use the National Gallery branding.
Running a Take One project
Take One projects is a simple project which can be run on a shoestring by most museums. The process is relatively simple; the returns massive.
- Step 1: Choose an object
- Step 2: Deliver training for teachers with accompanying teachers’ resources
- Step 3: Teachers devise and deliver projects
- Step 4: Celebrate the outcomes, for example through an exhibition
As the National Gallery is treating projects around the country as partners, you will be able to use their branding and host your case study on their website. The steps towards becoming a National Gallery partner are to:
- Attend a Take One museums’ training day with your local champion (9 January 2013)
- Observe a teachers’ training day delivered by the National Gallery (attendence is free but you will need to organise travel to London)
- Have an informal meeting with the champion to support the planning of your project
- Sign a partnership agreement, including commitment to annual Take One regional network meeting and collecting data
The Take One model can be broken down into several stages. Each stage has associated worksheets you can use to plan your own Take One project. Below is a selection of fact sheets created by the SW Champion to compliment to National Galleries workbook (above):
Regional Champion Support
During 2009-10 MLA funded 17 museums and archives across the South West, East Midlands and London to deliver pilot Take One projects. In 2010-11, Somerset Heritage & Libraries Service were appointed Take One Champion for the South West to further develop the Take One model in partnership with the MLA and the National Gallery. From 2012 onwards Somerset Heritage & Libraries Services will remain as SW Champions, liaising directly with the National Gallery.Since then 10 organisations have run Take One projects in the south west. A further 53 museums and heritage organisations have now taken part in Take One training. Click HERE for the full list.
Since 2009, 10 projects have taken place in the South West in a range of museums from Local Authority museums and archives to small volunteer run community museums. They chose a range of objects and paintings to run their projects in the local area:
- Axbridge & District Museum: The Hiring Fair
- Blake Museum: The Irene
- Watchet Market House Museum: Sculpture of St. Decuman’s Church
- Wells and Mendip Museum: The Bicycle Pump Respirator
- Museum of Somerset: Low Ham Mosaic
- North Somerset Museum: Roman Patera
- Cheltenham Art Gallery
- Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery: Wheatstone Concertina
- Gwennap Pit
- Shaftesbury Abbey and Gold Hill Museum
Contact the SW Champions if you have a query or would like to find out more please contact us and we'll endeavour to help you!
South West regional Champion
Somerset Heritage & Libraries Service
Somerset Heritage Centre
Tel: 01823 347451
The National Gallery
National Gallery Education
The National Gallery
Telephone: 020 7747 2424