Educators bus tour: connecting schools and small museums
Educators Bus Tour:Attracting teachers (and schools) to localmuseumsA presentation delivered at the Museums Australia National Conference May 17, 2013Regional Remote & Community Museum DayJanis Hanley B.Com, GCPAPrincipal Consultant, VisionDesign Pty Ltd
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 2About this presentation• This presentation describes ‘The Educators Bus Tour’- an innovative approach taken, on behalf of GoldCoast City Council, to consult heritage stakeholders.• The consultation succeeded in bringing togetherteachers and local museums to collaborate on howlocal museums can meet the needs of the newnational curriculum.• The author makes no apologies for the gratuitoususe of images of Gold Coast heritage throughout thispresentation!• This project was the conceived and implemented for Gold Coast CityCouncil by Janis Hanley, Principal Consultant. VisionDesign Pty Ltd, aconsultancy company specialising in Policy, Strategy and HeritagePrograms
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 9The Educators Bus Tour DayLiterally started with a bang with flag raising ceremony and firing party.Over 150 kilometers were travelled during the dayTeachers generously filled out survey forms and gave feedbackPrizes along the way - guessing the ‘Mystery Object’ at each museumStatement most often heard: ‘We had no idea these places were here’Griffith Uni Education Lecturer: ‘Council should run this every year’Flag raising and firing party,Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum Inc houses an excellent collection of Light Horse and World War 1 artefacts,World War 2 maps and Objects of National Servicemen.
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 14Data was collected at eachmuseum on how well thecollection relates to thecurriculum themes for each yearlevelSurvey collected suggestions forexcursion activities specific toeach museumsA report was given to eachmuseum detailing commentsmadeWhat the surveys told usIndividual MuseumsGraph is indicative of the type of datacollected
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 16• Finally, some of the comments from the day:• ‘The tour was great: a brief taste of what is availableto enhance local history curricular Inquiries. So muchto follow-up, to create activities for students to dowhilst at the various museums - Im already planning! ‘• ‘We need to keep the momentum going and expandour awareness - and inform our staff members to takefull advantage of the opportunities offered here’What the surveys told usQuotesNot bad from a starting point of ‘we had no idea these places were here’!
The First Museum Excursion Programs- some snapshots
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 19Mar 2013: Mudgeeraba - Year 2 - The Past In the Present‘William Duncan and the Timber Getting Story’• Excursion Plan Included:Visit to the Mudgeeraba Hinterland HeritageMuseum - focusing on life and times ofWilliam Duncan and the timber story ... andHot damper!)Visit to Mudgeeraba VillageWelcome by the CouncillorLooking at photo kits at theMudgeeraba Library (Former CouncilChamber built in 1914)Treasure hunt through MudgeerabavillagePre and post excursion resources for theschool including:William Duncan narrativeTimeline of Mudgeeraba historyPowerpoint of the historic buildings ofMudgeerabaStudents on the treasure huntStudents on the treasure hunt
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 20Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum - Year 3 -‘Commemorations’• Visit to the Light Horse MuseumIncluded:“Where’s Woody’ a search forsymbols of the ANZACs”Hands on Group ActivitiesHow to raise the flagCare of a war horseWorld War 1 WeaponsHonouring War heroes with poppiesFlag raising ceremony with firing partyHorseback tent peggingdemonstration• Pre and post excursion resources forthe school including:Woody the Waler narrativeLight Horse hero e-bookThe Cook’s StorySymbols of the Light HorseANZACS e-book
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 21Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum - Year 3 -‘Commemorations’
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 22RecognitionNational Trust Qld Governor’s Silver Award 2012:‘Educators Bus Tour’ to Gold Coast City Council andVisionDesign Pty LtdMedia Coverage of Light Horse Museum Pilot - two keyelements:Karen Andrews MP press release (She attended thepilot run)It was a week before ANZAC DayCoverage included:Channel nine local newsChannel nine Today show Saturday (nationally)Cover of the Sun NewspaperTwo page spread Gold Coast Bulletin NewspaperRecognition is always helpful. The Educators Bus Tour itselfwas recognised by Queensland’s National Trust, then therewas excellent media coverage of the first pilot program - that’sgood for everyone!
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 23Gold Coast Bulletin Education Section Tuesday 23rd April 2013The Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum inc. wasvery grateful for the coverage given by localmedia.
Janis Hanley ◆ Educators Bus Tour ◆ 24And this is just the start of this work ....More projects are in the pipeline.Thank-you for listening/reading• Further information:web:http://visiond.com.au/australianhistory• Janis’s contact details:email: email@example.com: @just2write