Essex Engagement & Learning
On this page you will find an overview of Essex museums and their learning offers, and below that, information on the Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group. The group is a network of staff and volunteers from museums and heritage sites across the county.
Discover the inspiring range of learning activities and education resources that our Essex museums offer to people of all ages.
Scouts Heritage Service
Activities: downloadable learning resources, tours, talks, handling
Themes: Scouting, First & Second World War, remembrance, refugee experience, history of childhood
Activities: school visits, online resources, Artsmark, craft sessions, Girlguiding/Scouting sleepovers
Themes: Victorians, World War II and Evacuees, Natural & Local History
Activities: visits, teacher packs, Castle in the Classroom, Arts Award
Themes: Castle in the Classroom (virtual tour), Romans in Colchester, Victorian Lives, Toys and Homes
Harlow Sculpture Town
Activities: Sculpture walks, artist-led workshops, gallery visits, learning resources
Themes: Sculpture, public art, twentieth century art, Harlow
Activities: Learning sessions, loan boxes, Children’s activity bags and trails, Scouting badges, SEND provision
Themes: Local history, Stone Age to Iron Age, Marconi and Radio, Victorian Life, World Wars, Natural History
Saffron Walden Museum
Activities: Sessions on site & outreach. Loan boxes, online learning, SEND provision, holiday family activities & resources for young adults
Themes: Pre-history through to WW2, local history, geology, natural history, art and design
Epping Forest District Museum
Activities: Sessions on-site & outreach, loan boxes, virtual sessions, SEND provision, early years. Holiday family activities.
Themes: Pre-history through to WW2, local history, arts award
Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group
The Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group is a forum for education, learning and engagement professionals in Essex to learn, share, inspire and build their network. This is done mainly through quarterly meetings which often include training.
Thursday 27 January, 10:00 – 11:30 – online
Behaviour Management, session led by Valina Bowman Burns
Dreaming of a school visit where all the children are focused, listening and learning from your museum collections? This training includes practical tips and experienced-based advice for museum staff and volunteers working with school groups.
Tuesday 26 April, 14:00 – 15:30 – online.
Dates for July and October are TBC, with the July meeting planned to be in person.
If you would like to get in touch to discuss learning and engagement projects or collaborations across different museums, this group is a good place to start.
Enquiries and contact for the meeting Zoom links – firstname.lastname@example.org
The following people (part of the Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group) may be able to help your museum or school.
Claire Driver – Heritage learning and engagement freelancer with a special interest in early years and community projects. Email: email@example.com
Valina Bowman Burns – museum learning freelancer specialising in education, strategy development and fundraising. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Gillam – Heritage Freelancer specialising in education, interpretation and disability access (especially autism). Jo’s training offer includes online and in person delivery and covers general disability access, autism, neurodiversity, dementia, learning disabilities and sensory needs. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @1accessforall