Museum Learning Conference - May 2014

The Langley Academy hosted its second Museum Learning conference on Friday 16 May 2014. The event was a celebration of the Academy's unique position as the UK’s only 'museum learning' school with partnerships with regional and national museums. We also launched our big new project ‘Stronger Together’. For this project we are working with our partner museum the River & Rowing Museum in Henley to award 30 bursaries for teachers and museum professionals in the Thames Valley region to develop Museum Learning projects together. The prestigious project has been funded by Arts Council England. The conference was a great success with 140 people attending. We were delighted that The Langley Academy trustees and sponsors Sir Martyn Arbib, Annabel Nicoll and Paddy Nicoll joined us for the event. We were also very pleased to welcome the Mayor of Slough Cllr Balvinder S. Bains, Fiona Mactaggart MP, teaching and museum professionals from across the region as well as many students and staff from The Langley Academy. The event was chaired by Sir Michael Bichard, chair of The Langley Academy Museum Advisory Group. Rhodri Bryant, Principal, The Langley Academy said that “we were thrilled to have so many guests join us for The Langley Academy Museum Learning conference, which has become an annual event here. The conference, and the Stronger Together Arts Council project, is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what I am convinced is the value of Museum Learning to widen students’ horizons and unlock the love of learning that puts young people on the road to success.” There were presentations from staff and students about the Museum Learning work they had done across all areas of the curriculum, including the Museum Council and Head Boy Assam Ghulam who opened the event. Katherine Rose, Head of Museum Learning at The Langley Academy, commented “we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to school for the conference and share and celebrate the outstanding and pioneering work of the students and staff at The Langley Academy”. The next Langley Academy Conference will take place in May 2015.

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