The Grange School & Sports College Miniature Museum
Last year we worked with The Grange School and Sports College, in Warmley, East Bristol, collaborating with the staff, pupils and ex-pupils to create a Miniature Museum as a memorial for the school, as it faced closure that summer, 2016.
The Grange School cabinet is on display at Kingswood Heritage Museum to which it now belongs.
The Grange Miniature Museum is set in a double stack of 6 plan drawers, and evokes memories and associations with sounds, film footage, objects and images from the school and its archives. The museum was created as a collective project, with impressions from the experiences and imaginations of people who have passed through the school. It has been made thanks to a few dedicated staff and involvement of the remaining two classes, year 9 and year 11.
Compartments within the drawers have been made to echo the 1960’s architecture. Signs salvaged from classroom doors have become buttons to press within the windows of the school frontage, and trigger lights within the classrooms, snippets of film of school productions or recordings of pupils and staff – from stories of a rampaging giant orange chicken and tasty chips to the days of platform shoes and caning. Most poignant is a time-lapse demolition of one of the school buildings, overlaid with reactions by some of year 11 pupils.
In the making of this cabinet, the process was as important as the outcome. It is made very much for the benefit of those with a close relationship to the school, and will speak to them most. Meanwhile it also aims to touch a wider audience, through common issues, the experiences of being at school, and nostalgia of school days, peers and place.
This is our first project with a school, and through working with The Grange School and Sports College, we are developing a model for working with other schools:
- As consultants – collaborating with head, staff & pupils, enabling them to create their own miniature museums
- Giving class presentations about ‘What is a museum…for?’, exhibiting and interactive building techniques
- Delivering workshops in specific skills eg. storytelling & interpretation; making miniature LED lighting
In 2017, we’ve given demonstrations and workshops at :
GHEF Curriculum Fair
Museum in The Park on a theme of cabinets of curiosities
for Cotswold Canals Trust for Stroudwater Connected, on theme of local canal heritage with Eastington Primary School & The Festival of Nature
ARCH – Building Bridges
Miniature Museum is an associate and partner of
We’re looking forward to working with various Stroud District Primary Schools as this project gets underway in the next year.
Eastington Community Orchard – Boards & Interpretation
Our local Eastington Community Orchard project is close to our hearts and home. (And the juice and cider is tasty!) As volunteers within the group, we are proud to be part of an interpretation subgroup, and are in the process of building interpretation boards, maps and further information, for the Conygree Orchard plot.
Interactive Donations Boxes
We are working on designs for interactive donations boxes, please get in touch if you are interested.
Cotswold Canals Trust: Stroudwater Connected
Miniature Museum is one of the contributors to the interpretation plan for the Stroudwater Connected, in Phase 1b: Restoring the Cotswold Canals: Saul Junction to Stonehouse.
We are involved in Theme 3: Heritage Known & Interpreted.
Pending funding decisions…