What’s in the Box? - Exploring Natural Science Collections

What's in the Box? is a museum collections based community engagement project with East Sussex home education, LGBTQ+ and refugee community groups. The project is funded through an Arts Council National Lottery Project grant.

In this part of the project, home educating families have been helping the museum to document its natural science collections. Nine families have participated to date, comprising 10 adults and 12 children, ages 4 to 15. They have successfully documented 138 objects.

This exhibition has been co-curated by the participants with Philip Hadland, Collections and Engagement Curator of Natural Sciences and Kasey Ball Scott, Collections Access Officer at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition includes favourite objects that were encountered during the documentation activity, alongside creative outputs from the students. These include posters, animation, and poems.

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View the What's in the Box? exhibition

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