History comes to life in education partnership! - Tuesday, 21 September 2010
From The Battle of the Somme to the challenges faced by Elizabeth I as she donned her famous Armada dress – film students have helped make history come alive as one of the highlights of a highly successful Royal Armouries’ education partnership.
The partnership – with Leeds Metropolitan University – is helping hundreds of students gain invaluable experience and is due to be celebrated at a special ceremony at the Royal Armouries’ Museum on September 28, when both partners will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Partnership highlights have included curators and educators working with the Northern Film School – part of Leeds Metropolitan University – resulting in ten, two-minute films each academic year. Each film depicts issues core to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of arms and armour. Students obtain valuable experience by working with live briefs within industry – plus adding value to the work of the museum itself. To view the films, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalArmouries#p/c/02602420B0F3E430/7/3PDtzaYoW8c
Film successes include:
- 2009: A Dress for Power. A recreation of Elizabeth I donning her famous Armada dress – taking about an hour to set her starched ruff correctly and to pin the flounce around the bottom of her farthingale. At least a couple of hours were required to dress a lady – let alone a queen.
- 2010: When the Crow Flies. An innovative animation showing the devastation of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of one individual soldier
The Royal Armouries Learning Manager Gillian Waters said, “When the Northern Film School showed their latest films, the education team were delighted with the sheer range and innovative ways that students had tackled their briefs and ensured they were fit for the intended audiences. We have already prepared briefs for the new academic year, focusing on modern warfare, and we look forward to seeing the end results.”
Jenny Granville, Co-director at the Northern Film School added, “The students gain exceptional experience creating films for a National Museum which can only add to their portfolios when they enter the employment market.”
Further building on their relationships with Leeds Metropolitan University, the Armouries education service has also developed a three-way partnership with the university’s Education Faculty plus Carr Manor Primary School in Leeds. This involves more than 180 third-year trainee teachers (B Ed. Students) visiting the museum in November each year as part of their assessed work, to specifically plan for Carr Manor pupils to visit the museum – and then work with pupils on their visit to the museum.
Gillian added, “This project helps the museum to reach out to new trainee teachers and gain an understanding of using national collections and museum visits in their teaching careers.”
As part of its education work within the community, the Royal Armouries has already signed similar MOU with Leeds and Huddersfield Universities. For more information about the museum visit www.royalarmouries.org
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the Royal Armouries Museum on September 28, at 5.30pm.
Tel: 07838 379599
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.