A visit to Canterbury Museum gives students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the Museum's collections. A Museum visit expands students' experience across a wide variety of topics and allows them to develop new learning skills and interests.
Canterbury Museum is bursting at the seams with over two million collection items telling the stories of human cultures and histories, and the natural world. The galleries display many weird and wonderful items as well as everyday relics of human life and endeavour.
The learning environment at the Museum is fun, relevant and inspiring, and programmes can take place in the Museum's public galleries, the Documentary Research Centre, or behind-the-scenes.
The majority of the Education Programmes are closely linked to the Social Sciences including History, Classical Studies and Social Studies, Science and Technology learning areas; however the Museum is also able to provide learning opportunities for Visual Arts, Art History and English students who want to research topics in greater depth.
All programmes delivered at Canterbury Museum can be made more relevant to classroom learning with pre- and post-lesson support using Education Resource Pack and Museum orientation visits.
All Canterbury Museum Education Communicators are trained teachers with a wide knowledge of both natural and human history.
Curatorial expertise is also available and can cover a broad range of areas including geology, palaeontology, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, Canterbury history (both Maori and European), ethnology, archaeology, design, textiles and Antarctic history.
Education Communicators incorporate a hands-on component into both human and natural history programmes. Hands-on collections include the Education Costume Collection, which contains almost 100 costumes spanning 1790 to 1970.
Other hands-on collections include 19th century household items, photographs, Maori tools and technology, Antarctic clothing, rocks and fossils, birds and skeletons.
SCAPE Public Art with Canterbury Museum – a programme for schools
14 October - 1 November 2013
A special programme linking SCAPE and Canterbury Museum has been put together for learners to access. This is a unique opportunity for young people to explore links between science and art by taking part in a Riccarton Bush lesson with a Museum educator, followed by a selection of art activities at Art Central with SCAPE Public Art. This combined initiative is focussed on the artwork Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers by local artist Julia Morrison. This artwork is located at Art Central and consists of a group of 10 modular objects that read and function as both trees, and outdoor rooms, a physical space in which to explore and play combines plant and light components and is a large scale artwork making it an exciting piece to investigate. Geographically and historically, this artwork references the swamps in Christchurch that supported forests of Kahikatea trees. Riccarton Bush remains as the only example of these important trees on the Canterbury floodplains and is of national significance. This is a rich educational opportunity for young people to engage with to further develop their understanding of this artwork and its important connection to Christchurch.
Lesson times at Riccarton Bush are 9:30 – 10:30 and 11:00 – 12:00 daily , from 14 October to 1 November.
Contact Canterbury Museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or www.canterburymuseum.com/education/book-visit