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Maximilian the Magnificent: Young Children & Animals in the Armoury

Armour_LRGThe preschool programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum extends beyond the offer of our public sessions: community groups such as Children’s Centres, playgroups and nurseries are also very welcome to come and discover the museum through specially-created story and art sessions.  Children who may not be able to visit through our public events programme thus have another way to gain access to the museum.  As with the public programme, we regularly seek opportunities to work with other museums to help broaden the children’s experiences as much as possible.  Our most recent visit was from ACE nursery school, who enjoyed a session in the museum armoury, enhanced with objects to handle from the Museum of Zoology.

Here’s how one practitioner, Virginie Ghanime, described their visit:

2015-10-23 09.50.00‘We took nine children to the Fitzwilliam to take part in the session Maximillian the Magnificent. The whole experience was amazing and impeccable. We first received a warm welcome from Nicola and her talented team. From the minute Nicola started to tell the story of Max the brave knight,  the children and the teachers gave her their full attention. It was a story very creatively crafted, using animals to define  and inspire Max’s armour. The children were very curious, and were highly involved in finding clues and ways to protect Maximillian. Once they could guess which animal could inspire Max for protection, they had the privilege of seeing and touching various animal skulls and shells. The one that impressed everyone was the horse skull! To end the visit, the children made their own shields, using beautiful stencils and sponge stamps. Overall, a brilliant visit, and one the children will remember!’

If you’d like to know more about what the Fitzwilliam Museum has to offer children under five, please contact Nicola Wallis or visit the Fitzwilliam website.

Nicola Wallis, Gallery Educator, The Fitzwilliam Museum

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