Educational charity The Iris Project, in partnership with Cheney School, is delighted to announce that it is working towards making Cheney School the first "museum school" - a school which is also a museum, with artefacts spread throughout the school site in imaginative, informative and accessible displays. The charity owns a large number of original artefacts, ranging from lithic tools to Ancient Greek and Roman items, and through working towards full accreditation, with the support of the Oxfordshire Museum Services, we plan to expand that collection and host regular exhibition of loan items. The Iris Project, which runs the museum, is working within the Arts Council Accreditation Scheme towards achieving full accreditation status for the museum.
As well as displays and exhibitions, Cheney School and its wider community will also be able to attend workshops, talks, courses and events on archaeology and artefacts. Visitors will be able to view the growing collections in specific opening times as well as at special events and festivals.
We are also delighted to announce that a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will sponsor the setting up and supporting of the museum, which will be named in memory of Jamie Rumble - a young man who dedicated his life to the education and improvement of the lives of young people.
Learning about the past through objects has the ability to engage children and adults from all backgrounds, and to bring history vividly to life.
David Moon, Curator at the Oxfordshire Museum Services, said: "This plan presents a wonderful opportunity for the pupils of the school and the people of Headington to not only learn about our collective past, but also to develop skills in interpretation, presentation and communication."
David Gimson, UCAS and Higher Attainers Co-ordinator at Cheney School, said: "We are delighted that students will be able to engage with artefacts in many different curriculum areas. This will bring museum learning to students in a very direct way."
Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of The Iris Project, said: "This is a unique and exciting community project which will transform the school through fascinating artefacts and readily accessible opportunities for exploring archaeology. By bringing the artefacts into the school environment, it will reach a large and diverse range of students, as well as many others."
The Iris Project is an educational charity, founded in 2006, which promotes access to learning about the ancient world in state schools and their wider communities. Cheney School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, serving the East Oxford community.