The National Motor Museum Trust has been awarded £72,800 from Arts Council England to unlock information about collections and develop an exciting and imaginative new range of family activities for visitors.
The new funding, which is the result of a successful bid to the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, will improve access to collections information under the 'Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead' project.
The project will extend the use of Axiell’s Calm collections management system at the Museum and support research on little-used parts of the vast collections, including technical material held in the Motoring Reference Library and Object Collection.
Unlocking this fascinating information will provide new content for the Museum to create a range of new school and family activities. It will build on the Museum’s Education Service and support education programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to recent changes in the National Curriculum.
A creative take on STEAM has been adopted for the project, which will use the newly researched material to inspire a range of lively Automotive Steampunk-themed family activities over the next two years. Visitors to the Museum will be able to explore the collections through fun and imaginative ways such as story-telling sessions, a Magical Mechanisms family trail and opportunities to dress up in full Steampunk style.
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