Archives and education

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Marlies Mencke, Historisch Center Overijssel, Netherlands paper at seminar on archival outreach and education in Gentofte Denmark organized by ODA (Organization of Danish Archives)

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Archives and education

  1. 1. Learning at the Historical Centre in Overijssel Marlies Mencke Copenhagen, June 2010
  2. 2. Content <ul><li>General introduction to education at HCO </li></ul><ul><li>Educational projects </li></ul><ul><li>Results and experiences </li></ul>
  3. 3. Historical Centre in Overijssel
  4. 4. Education at HCO <ul><li>Since 2005 educational policy </li></ul><ul><li>2006 started with execution policy </li></ul><ul><li>Target groups: all pupils between 4-22 years in school settings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional education (medium and higher) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Part of the curriculum <ul><li>Attainment goals: every pupil must learn about his/her direct surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Art education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heritage education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. archival education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>HCO-education wants to be part of the curriculum, not an ‘extra’ project </li></ul>
  6. 6. Main goals <ul><li>Education at HCO… </li></ul><ul><li>Always connects the past to the present day </li></ul><ul><li>Shows that history is more than a school subject </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces pupils with authentic historical materials </li></ul><ul><li>Activates pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Is always about the pupils’ </li></ul><ul><li>direct surroundings </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do we reach pupils? <ul><ul><li>In Zwolle: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pupils and students come to HCO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects in school and direct surroundings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Overijssel: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects in school and direct surroundings </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. About the pupils <ul><ul><li>Primary education: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- from age 9 ‘orientation at the world’ and historical consciousness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- always the same teacher: easy to organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary education: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laws and regulation: pupils aren’t allowed to leave school often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different subjects, teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less formal infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to reach, especially schools outside Zwolle </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. About the students <ul><li>Zwolle is an educational centre in the region: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future teachers and teachers assistents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative professions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative professions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Some projects for primary education <ul><li>The Double Photograph </li></ul><ul><li>Generations communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Building the Diezerstraat </li></ul><ul><li>House detectives </li></ul><ul><li>Your residence in old films </li></ul><ul><li>Educational exhibition about WWII in springtime </li></ul><ul><li>The Second World War close to home </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some projects for secondary education <ul><li>What do we keep in an archive? </li></ul><ul><li>Theme boxes about WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Circuit about daily life </li></ul><ul><li>in Zwolle </li></ul><ul><li>Box about Stork: </li></ul><ul><li>industrial heritage </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some projects for students <ul><li>Trends at Wehkamp = fashion webshop </li></ul><ul><li>Tour and educational workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop that matches the specific wishes </li></ul>
  13. 13. Last assignment WWII: design a monument
  14. 14. Experiences so far <ul><li>‘ I didn’t know that it has been war here’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ It’s not historical at all in this place’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The nicest part was that we could get along so well’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ My mum wears those clothes!’ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Success and difficulties <ul><li>Success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 pupils in HCO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1500 pupils in Zwolle at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3500 pupils in Overijssel in their direct surroundings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone is welcome: all school types and pupils’ types, all ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further theory and professional knowledge </li></ul></ul>

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