Case Study: Pre-Raphaelite Experiment

As part of the Heritage Lottery funded Pre-Raphaelite Experiment, Manchester Art Gallery trialled a new way of working with schools – by creating a teacher network with a difference.

The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment was a year long project from May 2011 - June 2012, during which we worked with a range of visitors to reinterpret our historic collection for a contemporary audience. Gallery 6, one of our Victorian galleries, was turned into a creative hub, inspired by four Pre-Raphaelite paintings on display there that explore the themes of nature, storytelling, and modern life.

The project aimed to stimulate new approaches to curriculum delivery, by giving teachers and teaching assistants space and time to reconnect with and develop their own creative practice.

Teachers gained real ownership of the gallery and realised that it is a creative extension to their classroom; a valuable resource and learning tool. They gained interpretative skills, building the confidence and ability to lead self-guided visits at any gallery or in front of any artwork. The mix of participants (in terms of experience and key stages) meant that ideas taken back to the classroom were influenced by multiple teacher voices – thus enriching and providing sustainable approaches to the curriculum.

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