What is Museum Learning?

At The Langley Academy Trust we use museum objects, stories, skills and partnerships to bring learning to life. We call this Museum Learning. It is the philosophy that underpins our approach: Curiosity, Exploration, Discovery.
Museum Learning gives a vivid immediacy to the curriculum. It brings subjects together, challenges students’ metacognitive skills and helps them share their own stories. We believe our innovative use of museums widens and enriches learning for our children and young people, from 4 – 18. It provides them with cultural capital, creates aspiring, well-rounded citizens

What does that mean for students?

At every Academy in the Trust, our children and young people enjoy off-site visits, use objects in lessons, meet special guests and create their own exhibitions. But more importantly, Museum Learning means that these activities are embedded within the curriculum. Never just add-ons, they are integral to how our children and young people learn.
Stronger Together

The project ran between May 2014 and May 2015. At its core were 30 bursaries enabling teachers and museum professionals to work together to design,
deliver and evaluate curriculum-based museum learning projects.

Current Exhibitions


Last year we worked with 35 different museums and cultural heritage services. Our core partners are:


Jenny Blay

      Head of Museum Learning says:

Jenny Blay

"Surely museums are just about the past?
I am often asked this question by visitors to The Langley Academy Trust. People naturally assume that Museum Learning must be about history. Yes, we certainly do that but what is special about the Trust is how we work across the curriculum. Our projects can be targeted at very specialist subject skills and knowledge in surprising ways. They are often about helping students take the next steps beyond school. The projects can shape how they see themselves and the world around them. Whatever we do, it is always about helping our children and young people get the best out of life."

Rhodri Bryant,
      Executive Principal of TLAT says:

Rhodri Bryant

"We are pioneering the use of Museum Learning at The Langley Academy Trust. We have high aspirations for our children and young people and are determined to provide an outstanding education. Museum Learning supports our aspirations, instilling confidence and supporting independent learners through our ethos of Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery."

The Langley Academy Student says:

“The best thing is when you go on trips and
bring it back and share ideas."
(Amrit )

“I liked being involved in an exhibition
all about me!"

“The Story Museum project was really interactive.
I liked helping the year 7s with their story."
(Nicole )

“I liked planning the Paul Nash exhibition.
It was great working as part of a team on a big project."
(Cara )

“l loved the assault course for the World War One project.
Also anything with the River Rowing Museum."

“Making cases for the Shakespeare exhibition was great.
I liked making the potions glitter."


“Museum Learning helps things stick in my head more.”

Parlaunt Park Primary Academy Student


"Museum Learning gives me the opportunity to put my skills into practice."

The Langley Academy Student


"I wanted to come here for years. I have a brother in year 11. It felt different, there are aeroplanes, a dinosaur..."

The Langley Academy Student

mathew's blog

Mathew Britten held the post of Museum Learning Officer at The Langley Academy for two years. He worked with teachers to deliver projects that inspire students while meeting their attainment and pastoral needs. Mathew ran Museum Club for students in Years 7 and 8, coordinated the Museum Student Council, and was the key conduit for youth voice within the museum learning programme. He previously worked at the Wordsworth Trust and the Museum of Cambridge. Here Mathew reflects on his time at The Langley Academy Trust.


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The History of museum learning at the langley academy trust

Before The Langley Academy opened, our sponsors, the Annabel Arbib Foundation, were inspired by the New York Museum School.  http://www.nycmuseumschool.org/


This is a relatively small school in Brooklyn that uses the wealth of inspiration from collections in New York to teach across the curriculum.


The New York Museum School believes that the experiential learning in museums and cultural sites of New York City gives students a "much better chance of comprehending the value of history, language, science and mathematics in everyday life and throughout the history of civilization.”


At The Langley Academy Trust We believe Museum Learning empowers our children and young people. It gives them vital skills for learning and nurtures cultural confidence to last a lifetime.