Engagement and Learning

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.

2021 meetings (Zoom)

  • Thursday 15 July – 14:00 – 15:30
  • Thursday 14 October – 14:00 – 15:30

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 – beth.wilkey@colchester.gov.uk

Freelance support

The following people (part of the Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group) may be able to help your museum or school.

  • Jo Gillam – Heritage Freelancer specialising in education, interpretation and disability access (especially autism). Email: 1jogillam@gmail.com Twitter: @1accessforall
  • Claire Driver – Heritage learning and engagement freelancer with a special interest in early years and community projects. Email: info@clairedriver.co.uk
  • Valina Bowman Burns – museum learning freelancer specialising in education, projects, strategy development & fundraising. Email: valina2011@gmail.com

Essex museums

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

Braintree Museum

Activities: school visits, online resources, Artsmark, craft sessions, Girlguiding/Scouting sleepovers

Themes: Victorians, World War II and Evacuees, Natural & Local History

Colchester Museums

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

Chelmsford Museum

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

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