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'Bringing Clay to Life' at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Musuem Name

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Museum Contact

Lyn Gallagher

Title of Project

Artswork SE Bridge & South East Museum Development Programme 'Arts Award in Heritage Organisations 2014': 'Bringing Clay to Life'


May 2014 - March 2015

What were the objectives of the project?

  • Increased access for children and young people to arts, culture and heritage
  • Increased Arts Award achievement for children and young people through engagement with heritage
  • Develop organisational skills, knowledge and understanding of how Arts Award can be a useful tool in work for, with and by children and young people
  • Produce a case study of the work which can be disseminated and shared online
  • Develop wider practice that can be shared with other heritage organisations and the wider cultural sector
  • Develop the Heritage organisation’s work in arts and culture with schools and young people, particularly those that are hard to reach
  • Enhance existing or develop new partnerships that focus on the arts and cultural offer to children and young people

What was the impact of the project?

Museum staff and young people from Totton College worked together with Butterfly FX film company to create claymation films inspired by the museum. Learning disabled drama students from the Life Skills department of the college took part in an icebreaker session with museum staff before attending 4 sessions at the museum. The students also chose animators to research as part of their Arts Award Explore, which seven of the eight participants successfully completed. Bursledon staff were supported by volunteers who provided one to one support for each student, both creatively and in terms of collating portfolio evidence using Artsbox, Arts Award’s online portfolio system. The best section was Create, as the young people designed and created their own claymation figures.

What went well and what didn't go well?

The project was a success in engaging the teenagers from Totton College. It produced two films called ‘Roman Rising’ and ‘The Night Watchman’ which interpreted the museum’s collection in an entertaining way that would appeal more to that age group.

The Claymation activity has now been successfully delivered in a wide range of settings including Eastleigh Courthouse and Manor Farm Country Park.

Staff and volunteersat the museum received training in Discover and Explore Arts Award.

A project delay of seven weeks had a knock on effect for the delivery of the project.

Watch the Claymation films that were created during the project