Art in Action

A Case Study

Developing creativity and curriculum enrichment through long term partnerships between schools and museums.

The Art in Action project took place at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge over 3 years from 2006-2009. The project aimed to bring children to the museum who had never visited before and to enable them to experience the Fitzwilliam's collection for themselves. It also aimed to build long term partnerships with the schools to encourage creativity and curriculum enrichment.

In November 2008 children from St Mary's Church of England Primary School visited the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of the Art in Action project. This video collection shows how the visit to the museum provided the starting point for a wide range of creative and cross curricular work back at school.

Project Co-ordinator: Sarah Burles, Education Officer, Fitzwilliam Museum

Educational Consultant: Philip Stephenson, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education


Video sections:

The Funder: The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

The Project

St Mary's - at the Museum

St Mary's - back at school

Cross curricular learning

Learning outside the classroom

Pupil voice and confidence

Motivation to learn

The Headteacher

Unexpected Outcomes

Measuring success


With thanks to the staff and children at St Mary's Primary School, St Neots, the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, Renaissance East of England and the Trusthouse Charitable Trust.



The Funder: The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts

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The Project

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St Mary's - at the Museum

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St Mary's - back at school

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Cross curricular learning

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Learning outside the classroom

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Pupil voice and confidence

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Motivation to learn

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The Headteacher

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Unexpected Outcomes

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Measuring success

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