We were a hit at Museums Showoff!

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

We certainly strut our stuff at Museums Showoff Wakefield at The Hepworth last week! 

Museums Showoff lines up the creme de la creme of museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects across the UK, and last week it hit Wakefield. 

We took the opportunity to shout about our fantastic Wacky Wednesday's sessions, the brain child of our education and library teams. 

Wacky Wednesday's take place each week during term time and offer under 5s and their parents and carers a morning of crafting, singing, rhyming and story telling around our museum galleries. 

Our team of education and curatorial staff and volunteers put together a fantastic show depicting just how Wacky Wednesday’s came about from the unlikely lasses at the Museum consisting of teachers, bankers, post office workers and a reference librarian!

The team explored the process they went through to make Wacky Wednesday's the success it is today. From crafting in the galleries, yes glue, crayons and felt-tip pens IN THE GALLERIES (agh!), to deciding it’s best to meet in a soft play area and explore the galleries through stories and song.

The team trialled a range of different set ups and listening to their audience, for their wants and needs to tailor the sessions. 

Marketing was considered as well as linking the sessions to mining each time, to tie in with the overall aim of the museum; keeping coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

A warm welcome is a must, as well as exploring the museum, educating and most importantly giving parents, carers and their little ones an enjoyable experience together. 

Wacky Wednesday’s is a free drop in session, but the offer is currently being developed further, Mini Miner Monday's now take place on Monday's during term time for organised care-groups, pre-schoolers and nurseries. 

Our team most certainly proved that within a museum you can create something sustainable from the unlikeliest beginning, the most basic resources and the most unlikely personnel. 

And to top it off we were a hit! Social media was flooded with 'congratulations' and 'well-done', so a pat on the back all round to the team.

Find out more about Wacky Wednesday and Mini Miner Mondays, view our Museums Showoff footage, and find out more about the event itself.


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