The Chester Beatty’s Learning and Education Department offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with our collections. Through our vibrant and exciting programme of events and professional training for teachers, educators and creatives, we offer opportunities to explore world cultures, as found in Chester’s Beatty’s Islamic, East Asian and European collections. Intercultural dialogue and learning plays a key role in the museum’s mission and fosters dialogue with the communities as represented in the collections.
The Learning and Education Department has worked for several years exploring ways to engage primary, post-primary schools and teachers with this unique collection and has initiated an 18 month project to research, develop and build its first Intercultural Museum programme for schools (2018-2020). As part of this process, the Chester Beatty has invited the largest teaching college in Ireland, Mary Immaculate, Limerick, Maynooth University, the Intercultural Education Service (Education Authority of Northern Ireland) and UK Heritec Education Consultancy to partner and develop the programme.
2018-2020 Key outputs will include :
Revision and design of tours for primary and post-primary schools
Training of guides and facilitators in visual thinking strategies and object-based learning
Development of content for gallery trails for schools
Development and delivery of continuous professional development for teachers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Research and Development – how to build an intercultural museum programme for schools
Continuous Professional Development 10 October 2019 Northern Ireland
Our first training session will take place October 2019 organised by the Intercultural Education Services of Northern Ireland for teachers in the region.
Aims of the programme are:
To consider the role of national and local museums in supporting intercultural education
To become more aware of digital and other resources available for use in schools
To become more aware of support available through the Education Authority and other groups
To network with colleagues from other schools and share ideas
By the end of the day participants will:
Have a clearer idea of how schools might collaborate with museums and others to explore history, culture, language and identity with children and young people
Have explored visual thinking strategies and object based learning as creative tools for the classroom and museum
Have learned about support and resources available
Have explored potential opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other schools
Training in visual thinking strategies and object-based learning for guides and facilitators with Heritec Ltd in the Chester Beatty
Ways of Seeing II interfaith learning resource working with the Chester Beatty and Ulster Museum collections for schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Teachers and educators exploring object-based learning Chester Beatty training session 2017
The project is funded by Creative Ireland and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.