We want to bring museums and their expert knowledge directly into the classroom. Unique physical interactions and hands-on experience form the basis for novel curriculum grounded learning activities.
The last thing we want to do is impede teachers in the their day to day work with their students. We’ve asked teachers how Museum in a Box could help. It’s sad to hear that lots of schools find it hard to send their kids to see original museum objects in museums, so we’re hoping to send the museums to them, and provide teachers with as much as they need to support great lessons.
Museums hold thousands of interesting and important historical objects, as well as a wealth of information and data about those objects, but only a tiny subset are on display at any one time, and they’re often described in 100 words or less.
We see an opportunity for institutions to share much more of their collections and their associated contextual materials, projecting their incredible work beyond the the walls of their physical site.
While our work is currently focused on school age learners, our user research and prototype demonstrations tell us there’s a much broader audience who like the idea. Anyone interested in the history of humans on this planet, or who might find it difficult or impractical to visit a museum might enjoy a collection that comes straight to them. Perhaps it’s a handling collection for the visually impaired, an Exhibition in a Box if you can’t get to the museum on time, or a set of high quality 3D prints for the discerning museum patron.
Become a Partner
We’re currently seeking a few different types of partners:
- Content & Education museum partners
Our prototype boxes are beginning to settle in terms of the technology (even though there’s still lots to do!). Our next challenge is to work directly with a museum partner to develop a box that helps students achieve learning outcomes. It’s a simple partnership structure where we do most of the work!
- Schools & Teachers
We’ll be looking for teachers and classes to test the idea in soon, before the end of the year. While we hope to dovetail with the education networks of our museum partners, we’re also on the lookout for schools who don’t get the opportunity to visit museums very much.
We’re early stage, and so we’re looking for early stage capital. As we apply for various public funding schemes in the UK, if you’re a foundation looking to support educational tech companies, we’d LOVE to hear from you.
- Design/Tech/Museum Studies Students
We’ve already hosted undergraduate students from Falmouth University and Goldsmiths. If you’re looking for practical experience, we’d love to have you work on a box, design educational materials, or help with user research in a classroom.
If you’d like to join in with Museum in a Box, please get in touch!