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Arts Award

Helping young people to be inspired by the arts!

The Museum, in partnership with Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery and The Novium, has been working to support and develop an exciting new Arts Award.

The Arts Award is a unique, nationally recognised qualification that supports young people exploring the fields of art, culture and heritage. There are five different levels of Arts Award, ranging from an introductory ‘Discover’ level through to an advanced ‘Gold’ level, which means that those considering future work in the sector are able to research, develop arts practice and gain valuable experience.

The Museum is keen to support schools or colleges wishing to undertake an Arts Award; its youth group is taking part in the Arts Award and, from 16-19 March (during Shakespeare Week) participants will undertake an Arts Award as part of the event, which is run in partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre.

The development hubs are taking place across the country for a 12-month duration and are established with support from Artswork, the South East Bridge organisation for Arts Council England. If you’d like to find out more, please email the Museum’s Schools Services team.

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Literacy trail for KS2 pupils

We have recently produced, with a group of trainee teachers from the University of Chichester, some materials around literacy. Please click below to open the document and we would appreciate any feedback.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum outdoor literacy resource

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Arts Awards

Since last August we working in a partnership of six cultural organisations in the Chichester area to support and develop Arts Awards. The others in the group are Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Pallant House Gallery and The Novium. The group of staff members have meet to undertake training, share information about what each organisation can best offer, as the skills covered in the awards mean arts in a very wide context – including, for example, the heritage crafts and traditional skills here.

Arts Awards are unique, nationally recognised qualifications that support young people exploring the fields of art, culture and heritage. There are 5 different Arts Award levels which range from an introductory level through to an advanced level which means that those considering future work in the sector research, develop arts practice and experience the sector. Each of the organisations offers different levels and has specific areas of expertise which correspond to their collection and field of work.

Here at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum we are keen to support schools wishing to undertake Arts Awards, our youth group is working towards an arts awards qualification and from 16-19 March during Shakespeare Week participants will be undertaking an Arts Award as part of the event we’re running in partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre.

For further information please contact email: [email protected]

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9 top tips for teachers!

Did you know that we are open daily from March to December? We are keen to encourage schools to explore the site – there is so much to see and do!

For school visits we consider the day in 45 minute blocks: Arrival c. 10am meet & short welcome
1st session 10.30 – 11.15 ; 2nd session 11.15 – 12.00 ; Lunch c.12.00 – 12.45
3rd session 12.45 – 1.30 ; 4th session 1.30 – 2.15 (open until 6pm BST, or 4pm)

We have museum-led workshops and teacher-led trails designed to last this long, and please click here for ideas that will take about 45 minutes.

Historic Clothing Project Blog

A Museum needlework group was formed in 2007 to make replica historic clothing in as authentic a way as possible, which could be worn on site at certain times as part of the interpretation of our domestic buildings, and which could be a tool to discover more about how textiles and clothing were used and worn in the past.

Please click here to see the new Historic Clothing Project blog and learn more about this exciting project!