Case Studies

These case studies illustrate the vast range of important and innovative work which University Museums are carrying out .  Please click on the boxes for more information about specific case studies.

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Oriental Museum at Durham University

The Oriental Museum at Durham University is home to a volunteer-run Chinese School. Every Sunday the group uses classrooms in the teaching space adjacent to the museum free of charge and are encouraged to use the museum socially and for teaching. The Museum’s Chinese collection is by far its largest and most significant, so this ... more »
Manchester Museum

Lindow Man: a Bog Body Mystery

The loan of the 2,500-year-old Lindow Man, Britain’s best-preserved bog body, by the British Museum resulted in an award-winning temporary exhibition, Lindow Man: a Bog Body Mystery at the Manchester Museum. Staff had been working on the ethical treatment of human remains in museums; the exhibition attempted to raise the issue for public debate. Following ... more »
Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University molecular biology workshops

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, delivers practical molecular biology workshops to A Level students from local schools. Using research-standard equipment, students extract, amplify and visualise their own DNA, complemented by museum-based work on fossil evidence for human evolution. Workshops are ... more »

Animating Art History Courtauld Institute of Art

Animating Art History is an on-going widening participation partnership between The Courtauld Institute of Art and University of the Arts London. Each year, twenty six young people aged 16-19, from families with no prior engagement in higher education, take part in the innovative course which combines art history, photography and animation. Following research and experimentation ... more »

Widening Participation Officer University of Cambridge

The Children and Young Peoples’ Widening Participation Officer at the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) is a new post jointly funded by Arts Council England through the Major Partner Museum programme, and the University’s Widening Participation Project Fund. Through exciting and participative projects, the role is building sustainable partnerships with young people in target schools ... more »

Manchester Museum knowledge creation

At the Manchester Museum, students are engaged in knowledge creation through to knowledge exchange, all based around collections. Museum staff deliver distinctive forms of teaching on biodiversity and environmental change, object-based learning and creative learning, Museum collections and exhibitions form the basis of lectures, student projects, tutorials or self-led tours, Collections are supplemented by online ... more »

Betty Smithers Design Collection at Staffordshire University

A recent project at the Betty Smithers Design Collection at Staffordshire University demonstrates how collections can provide an alternative approach to enhance the student experience. A severely visually impaired student on placement at the Collection undertook a project on the changing attitudes toward clothing. Because of the BSDC approach to handling objects, she was able ... more »

Museum University Student Educators

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow has recently introduced regular public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators). Guides are recruited in conjunction with the University’s Careers Service. The popular 30-minute tours offer an excellent learning experience to the students and a unique interpretative perspective on the collections for visitors. The public response ... more »

University of Stirling app

A student on placement from the MSc in Computing at the University of Stirling has created an app which enables visitors to access information about sculptures in the University’s Art Collection, unlocking additional information such as films and audio files and locating other sculpture on campus.

Collections of UCL Art Museum

The collections of UCL Art Museum serve as teaching resources for a wide range of disciplines including English, Geography and Advanced Philosophy of Science. In surveys across a range of UCL disciplines, 67% of students say that object-based learning is a more effective way of learning than listening to a talk or lecture.