10 regional museums and schools partnerships have been awarded a total of £3.6 million funding until 2015 through our Museums and schools programme.

Response to the Henley Review

This programme is funded through the Department for Education as a response to key recommendations from Cultural Education: an independent review by Darren Henley.

What will the programme do?

The 10 regional museums will partner with clusters of up to 100 local schools and national museums and work with bridge organisations. They will aim to increase the number of high-quality educational visits by schools in areas which currently have lower than average cultural engagement, as defined by low numbers of schools engaging with Artsmark. It will also reach places of greatest need, as indicated by a higher than national average level of free school meal take up.

These school visits will be designed in partnership with the local schools clusters, ensuring they complement and enhance the educational experience and curriculum.

It is hoped that the visits will spark young people's curiosity and encourage a lifelong passion for culture and learning.

Which organisations are involved?

  • in Bristol, local schools will join forces with the ss Great Britain supported by the Science Museum
  • in Kent, schools will be able to work with Maidstone Museum supported by the British Museum
  • in London, schools will join with the Jewish Museum and Valence House supported by the Imperial War Museum
  • in Peterborough, local schools will work with the Peterborough Museum, supported by the Natural History Museum
  • in Great Yarmouth, the schools and pupils will be able to engage with the Great Yarmouth Museums, supported by the Royal Museums Greenwich
  • in Coventry, local schools can link with the, Coventry Transport Museum with the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, supported by the V&A Museum
  • in Lincolnshire, schools will be able to work with the Aviation Heritage Partnership, supported by the Royal Air Force Museum
  • in Barnsley, Barnsley Museums supported by the Wallace Collection will work with local schools to engage pupils
  • in Blackburn and Lancashire, the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and Lancashire museums will work with local schools, supported by Sir John Soane's Museum and the V&A Museum
  • in Tees Valley, Redcar Museums with Middlesborough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Darlington Museums will be supported by the National Portrait Gallery to work with schools and pupils

Planned activity

Activity plans for the partnerships cover a range of specialisms and collections, including the Great Yarmouth Museums' Stories of the Sea programme, working with Royal Museums Greenwich, which aims to use nationally important maritime collections to develop literacy skills.

The ss Great Britain and the Science Museum's walking workshops led by famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, will be coupled with self-led activities and online educational games based on museum objects.

New Cultural Education Partnership

Arts Council England has also announced the new Cultural Education Partnership Group will be testing its shared approach towards cultural education in three areas: the City of Bristol; Barking and Dagenham; and Great Yarmouth.

This group is made up of the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Film Institute and English Heritage, who will use their resources to maximise the number of children and young people taking part in a range of high quality cultural education activities.

The Arts Council and cultural education

Learn more about our work with cultural education:

  • the network of bridge organisations which connect children and young people with the work of Arts Council funded organisations
  • the new national network of music education hubs
  • a National Foundation for Education Research report commissioned by the Arts Council on raising the standard of work by, with and for children and young people
  • the re-launched Artsmark - the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer
  • Arts Award - a national qualification that supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts