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Museums and Heritage Show, London

Held at Earls Court, London from 11th -12th May, the exhibition was a showcase for current developments and debate within the museum and heritage sector in the UK.

The Museum of British Folklore attended and had a look around over 130 exhibitors displaying everything from Museum showcases to souvenirs.

The show had an interesting selection of seminars and MoBF attended a talk given by Arts Award and the RSA. The RSA, in particular, is delivering some pioneering schemes which engage schools with museums and heritage. One aspect of this work, in which MoBF is especially interested, is the ‘Opening Minds’ project [] – dedicated to encouraging schools to use resources available in their surrounding vicinity to create an ‘area-based curriculum’. This approach signifies an attempt to foster a ‘sense of place’ amongst communities, through connecting them to their surroundings.

The Museum of British Folklore is exploring this idea in preparation for its forthcoming Pop-Up project in Stratford-upon-Avon and has already partnered with a school in the area to co-design an education programme.