With support from the Liverpool Combined Authority, National Museums Liverpool has an exciting opportunity to develop a new virtual workshop.
The workshop is for primary and secondary school students to enable them to grow in knowledge and understanding of the legacies and ongoing impact on Black communities of the transatlantic slave trade and issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our ambition includes engaging with schools which have never previously visited our museums, helping to address the current lack of Black history and representation in education provision, and improving awareness and opportunity for pupils through participating in cultural learning experiences.
The workshops will be a platform for children and young people to engage in dialogue around cultural identity, Black history and legacy.
Supported by professional development and guidance for teachers, we will work with Black and minority ethnic-led commissioned creative practitioners, community groups, schools, educators and historians to co-produce the workshop.
The Legacies workshops (one for each of KS2 and KS3) will:
- Be inspiring
- Support positive change in young people’s lives
- Be developed collaboratively with local stakeholders
- Be rooted in Liverpool’s experience but clearly reference wider current UK issues
- Be meaningful and age appropriate
- Ensure young people are well supported in school before and after workshops
- Be relevant to community groups as well as schools
Young people will:
- Be aware of the positive achievements of Black British ﬁgures of signiﬁcance connected to the topic
- Understand about identity and basic human rights
- Understand how they can make a practical difference and take the first steps to becoming activists
- Understand about human rights and the impact of racism and discrimination and gain the confidence to talk about them
- Understand about the legacies and ongoing impact on Black communities of transatlantic slavery and of the importance of cultural resistance
- Be able to reflect on their own attitudes / misconceptions
- Make connections with current/recent news stories
- Be aware of ongoing forms of slavery and unfair exploitation of world resources
- Be supported in their mental health and well-being by their teachers and parents
The workshops will be an opportunity for children and young people to develop their research skills, analyse primary evidence and to listen, discuss and share their ﬁndings. By asking questions about the objects, images and written sources at the museum they will make links with their everyday lives.
NML already has a virtual key stage 3 workshop, Understanding Transatlantic Slavery (https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/understanding-transatlantic-slavery), which takes a more historical view: the scope of the new workshops is to focus on more recent events.
Teacher / education practitioner (Black History) role
They are looking to commission a curriculum specialist (History and/or English and/or Art and/or Music and/or Citizenship and/or Drama) with lived experience /awareness of Black culture and heritage to co-produce the workshop and programme below. A local commission is preferred.
The brief will require the following of the successful contractor:
Collaborate with local historians, communities, and practitioners as well as NML staff
Host a series of consultation workshops with teachers, educators, group leaders
Plan interactive 50 minute experiences for primary and secondary students
Incorporate a range of learning styles to meet the desired workshop learning outcomes
Subcontract creative practitioner/s who will provide content / interpretation for the workshop i.e. artist, poet, writer
Liaise with Museum Learning & Participation colleagues to identify multimedia and pre-record filmed aspects of the workshop
Design pre- and post- workshop activities/lesson plans using museum or external resources such as images, handling collections and stories
Plan and develop an accompanying Teachers’ professional development resource
Make recommendations for adapting the workshop for face to face delivery beyond virtual experience
These outputs will be based on consultation led by the contractor and working with Museum Learning & Participation colleagues, to define the scope and approach of the development to ensure community ownership and relevance.
Project implementation & timescale
- Initial consultation with primary and secondary teachers and community stakeholders from across the LCR to scope potential content and approach
- Scope out draft workshop content and learning objectives
- Identify creative practitioner/s to support interpretation of workshop
- Development and creation of workshop content
- Development and creation of accompanying pre and post workshop activities
- Development and creation of accompanying teachers’/parents’ resource to support professional development
- Liaise with Museum team to inform digital content production elements of virtual classroom
The total fee available for the Curriculum Specialist commission is £6,000 excluding VAT. It is expected this will cover a minimum 20 working days. Flexibility on working days will be required at critical deadline milestones.
The total budget available for the sub-contracting of creative practitioner/s to support the creative interpretation of the workshop is £2,500 excluding VAT.
There is additional budget to cover consultation costs i.e. refreshments, room hire, participant expenses.
How to apply
If you would like to express interest in this opportunity, please send your c.v. and covering letter outlining your relevant, recent experience to [email protected]
Closing date for expressions of interest will be 5pm on Sunday 24 January 2021.