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Community Projects with our Objects

Today we held our popular 'Community Projects with our Objects' training day for community group leaders and service workers.

We run this training 4 times a year. The aim is to provide group leaders and service workers with an introduction to using the museum and its collections so that they can return with their groups and service users.

  • Community Training Day object handling, Handling objects at a Community Projects with our Objects training day
    Handling objects at a Community Projects with our Objects training day

During the training, which is held in the Hands on Base, we do a number of creative activities using objects from the handling collection and share case-studies of past community projects. We also provide practical guidelines on safe object handling and information about how to use the museum.

  • Community Training Day object handling, Object handling at a Community Projects with our Objects training day
    Object handling at a Community Projects with our Objects training day

Today the training was attended by representatives from a range of organisations, including Woodcraft Folk, Downderry Children's Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, MindCare, Beckenham and Penge Gateway and Princes Drawing School.

  • Community Training Day, Discussing objects at a Community Training Day
    Discussing objects at a Community Training Day

During the training there is plenty of time for everyone to share their project ideas – which are always really inspiring. For example today we discussed using the objects from around the world for themed reminiscence sessions.

  • Community Training Day object handling, Interacting with real objects at a community training day
    Interacting with real objects at a community training day

We got some good feedback today:

One thing I have learnt today about the Horniman collection is how varied, vast and inspiring it is. There is something here for EVERYONE.

Thank you! I like that the day was very much applicable to different client groups. It has given me so many ideas as to how we can use the facilities.

  • Community Training Day feedback, Some reactions to our Community training day
    Some reactions to our Community training day

Our next plan is to develop our training in using the Horniman Gardens...watch this space!