“Hello, my name is Sam and I have had the great pleasure of working with the Mary Rose Learning Team in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre for the last two weeks. Sadly, my time is now over and I will be returning to the University of Chichester to continue my teaching degree.
Although short, I have learnt more from this placement than I could have possibly imagined. Before I arrived, my view of school visits was informed solely by my teacher training experience. I knew very little about the Mary Rose other than that she was an old ship. I am very happy to say this has all changed! I know more about the Mary Rose than I would have ever thought possible and I even had the opportunity of giving my parents a guided tour around the museum. I know when the ship sunk (1545), what the crew would have eaten (a lot of salt based products, like beef and pork) and that the exact reason why the ship sank is a mystery.
I have also had the opportunity to see how school visits are managed from the other side of the fence. From my experiences in schools, I would turn up with the children, do the activity provided and leave. I now understand all the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes to ensure each class has an enjoyable and educational day.
It is a huge task involving planning the schedules to ensure each school is booked in, preparing each and every session with the correct resources, allocating staff and volunteers so each group is managed effectively and organising up to 120 children in the museum at a time. I could not have predicted how hard it is to run these workshops and how much work went into every session. A big surprise was how much fun and excitement the children have doing the workshops, going on a guided tour around the museum and seeing the Mary Rose face to face.
To end, I want to say thank you to all the staff and volunteers and especially to the Learning Department for making these two weeks so spectacular. I can’t wait to take my class to the Mary Rose Museum when I am finally a teacher.”
University of Chichester