A number of schools groups contributed to the Renaissance Globe Project by exploring themes from the museums’ collections and attaching their own responses to these on the globes. This large scale ‘canvas’ allowed students to consider the geographical dimension of some of the objects and specimens on display in the museum galleries.
Museum of the History of Science
Secondary school students visiting the Museum of the History of Science learnt about European voyages of exploration during the 15th-17th centuries, and created small icon drawings and descriptions of the navigational instruments they handled during their session.
Other groups designed postage stamp-sized icons presenting some of the key ideas or moments from the history of science. Each was pinned to the globe at its origin.
During the project the Museum worked with the following schools: Chipping Norton School, Sibford School, Wallingford School, Henry Box School, Wye Valley School
Museum of Natural History
Secondary school students drawn from schools across the country as part of the DUX Awards Scheme took part in the Museum of Natural History’s Darwin session on 14 June.
Students retraced the route of the Beagle using the collection’s specimens of animals that would have been studied by Darwin. After completing this trail they wrote imagined postcards from Darwin recounting his finds and thoughts for readers back home in England. Each postcard was attached to the globe at the corresponding point along the Beagle’s route.