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Mansfield Museum is a local museum concentrating on the social history of the town and its immediate area. The collecting policy needs to reflect this local theme as the Museum cannot compete with the nationally important collections held at Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby and Lincoln. It is also entirely appropriate that a local museum should record the history of the people in its immediate area. The current policy states that the Museum restricts its collecting to the following areas:
Objects and photographs relating to the life of the people of the town.
Items of porcelain/pottery with associations with the area.
It is not the policy of the Museum to actively seek new archaeological material but if items are offered which are of local significance these would be accepted subject to various conditions. The Museum will continue to house the collections of the Sherwood Archaeological Society.
The Museum will continue to add to its collection of paintings by local artists Albert Sorby Buxton and Seddon-Tyrer. It is the Museum’s policy to collect only works by local artists or of local scenes /personalities. Items will usually only be collected if they are from within or connected with, the Mansfield District Council Area.
You can view the complete Collections Development Policy (PDF).
The Education Service aims to provide a useful and well-used educational resource for all visitors. It is committed to the principle of lifelong learning and actively seeks co-operation with local schools and youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies and bodies such as Historical and Archaeological Societies as well as agencies such as SureStart and Creative Partnerships. Where appropriate we aim to forge relationships with potential co-providers such as Carr Bank Park and the British Geological Survey.
At the same time we are aware of the needs of informal visitors of all ages and strive to provide opportunities to extend their understanding of and enjoyment of our collections, aiming to create an experience of exploration and discovery for all.
Our formal school work is linked closely to the demands of the National Curriculum, addresses a range of subjects and topics and is cross-curricular in character. It is flexible and responsive to the stated and changing requirements of visiting teachers. We seek to provide experiences and materials difficult to replicate in the classroom.
The dedicated Education Room provides a welcoming, stimulating environment in which to explore the themes of the galleries. The activities delivered there are lively, active, fast-paced and concrete, using a variety of media and methodologies to support the collections. A range of specific, one-topic weeks has been developed to meet schools’ more specialist needs. These include the Victorians, World War 2 and Stardome.
During school holidays a wide-ranging programme of creative workshops is provided for children 5-16 under the title ArtBeat. Developments such as birthday parties and group sleepovers are always under consideration.
Materials are provided so that informal visitors might respond to the exhibitions in a variety of ways. These include gallery trails based on specific aspects of the displays; treasure hunts aimed at younger visitors, including a Makaton version; a PuppetPack to encourage craft-based investigations; brass rubbing materials and the ArtCart for more open-ended responses.
We attempt to reach out beyond the walls of the Museum into the community via Outreach services. This includes the provision of loans boxes for schools; reminiscence boxes for older citizens; working alongside teachers in schools and developing activities for one-off events with the likes of SureStart.
We encourage pre- and post-visit engagement via our website pages, which are designed to be interactive and to reflect the Education Service’s emphasis on active involvement on the part of the visitor. The Education Service strives to reach as broad a range of visitors as possible. We do, however, place particular emphasis on children, carers, families and groups such as schools, nurseries, Surestart, and Brownies. We try to make people aware of what we are doing via meetings at the museum, newsletters, school visits, addressing teachers’ groups, mailshots and the local media.
We evaluate our work by separate formal questionnaires for visiting teachers and pupils as well as for more casual visitors; a visitors’ book; post-it notes and discussions with teachers. More general indicators are the number of repeat bookings and contacts made as a result of word-of-mouth recommendations.
Download the entire Education Policy (PDF 49 KB).
Mansfield Museum is Accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council. For information on the Accreditation Standard please follow the link MLA Accreditation.
The aim of the Forward Plan is to inform the work and development of Mansfield Museum for the period 2007-2012. You can view the Forward Plan for Mansfield Museum (PDF 601 KB) here.
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