I was asked to attend the gallery as an introduction to how the creative team at the McManus work with groups. Ninety school children from Broughty Ferry ascended upon the museum, to learn about a Bonnie Prince and some Jacobites. Fortunately, the creative team had logistics already in place, to navigating so many children carefully around the gallery space. I watch as military precision and planning was organised that would make any soldiers heart race. Two hours later a troop of happy children marched out bearing newly made Jacobite shields and returned, homeward bound to the ‘Ferry’.
Things I have learned about children in a museum:
- Ninety children are very loud in an acoustic space.
- Movement in the space has to well planned and organised.
- Children spend a lot of time looking up or crouching down.
- They mix factual and fictional description of things.
- They enjoyed interacting with the space in the gallery.
Please note: Documentation for this project has photographic restrictions in place.