Launch of the Museum in a School project

Tags: Museum, Artefacts, Murals, Biography, Archaeology, Roman, Amphora

On Friday 13th March, the East Oxford Community Classics Centre held an evening reception to launch its Museum in a School project.

The classics centre is privileged to own a large collection of original artefacts and this project aims to make these artefacts a dynamic part of the learning environment at Cheney School. The first stage has involved creating a digital catalogue of all the artefacts, which range from lithic tools dating to 8000 BC to fragments of Roman glass and coins, and even a catapult shot! We are now working on creating a network of mural story trails across the school campus; these will use murals to show how the artefacts were made, used and ultimately discovered by archaeologists.

Visitors were able to see drawings for the story trails, view the many artefacts and hear from Dr Aaron Alzola, who has been working as our consultant archaeologist on this project. They also heard from artist Soham De, who created the drawings and will paint the murals this spring and summer. Cheney classics students provided a brilliant introduction to the artefacts as well as helping serve Roman-inspired food and drinks! 

We were also delighted to be hosting an exhibition created by Maria Lloyd, "Understanding Museums", which has been exploring how to make museum collections more accessible to deaf, visually impaired and ethnic minority groups. We are aiming to make our collection widely accessible, and Maria's exhibition is an important exploration into how this can be done. You will be able to view Maria's exhibition in the classics centre over the next few months. 

With many thanks to everyone who attended to support the project, and especially to our team of student helpers, who impressed everyone with their knowledge and enthusiasm!