Hidden Histories Illustrated Project

Hidden Histories Illustrated Project | Jessica Hartshorn
Jessica Hartshorn
Jessica Hartshorn, Illustrator | Jessica Hartshorn
Jessica Hartshorn, Illustrator
Jessica Hartshorn

What is the project about?

Hidden History Illustrated is a programme of 8 online informal education resources, activities, quizzes and games created and distributed over 12 months. The content of the resources will be created in response to the fascinating untold stories of women in sport, disability in sport and unusual objects of 50 sporting museums. Sporting Heritage will use its special knowledge and profile to digitally host, co-ordinate and market the resources. Through unique and fun creative opportunities, families can remotely learn about heritage, engage with creativity, challenge stereotypes and develop awareness of national sporting museums across the country.

During the current pandemic, it has been integral that museums work closely together to support each other in new ways of working whilst continuing their important and positive heritage education work. Many museums teams have struggled transition from physical education offers to digital opportunities due to lack of capacity and funding, yet the demand of blended learning in growing.

Potential resources:

  • December – Christmas advent calendar resource using unusual objects from 24 museum collections.
  • February Half term – Build and construct a sporting museum
  • Easter holidays – Top trumps female sporting heroes
  • May Half term – Create a chatterbox – Disability in sport focus
  • Summer Holidays – ‘Spot it’ illustration with a disability in sport focus
  • Summer Holidays – Illustrated women’s fashion in sport series colouring.
  • Summer Holidays ‘Did you know’ illustrated fact sheets with puzzles linking to women in sport, disability in sport and unusual sporting objects through time.
  • National Sporting Heritage Illustrated interactive quiz using questions from a variety of the sporting museums

Outcomes

  • A series of 8 resources which can be used by all participating museums and members of SH over 12 months.
  • To increase online family audiences (7-14 years)
  • To support a longer-term collaboration between the national sporting museums across the country and developing a model of working for family resources for future.
  • The project will build awareness and challenge stereotypes of the various sporting collections, particularly unusual objects and less highlighted stories of women and disability in sports
  • To encourage cross-over visiting and sign posting between the various sporting museums and their audiences.
  • The creative resources will engage family groups to take part in heritage and culture and promote onsite visiting as a next step.
  • Learning new skills, developing and deepening knowledge, an introduction to sporting heritage. Inspiring first steps into engaging with heritage.
  • Professional development for Jessica Hartshorn and an opportunity to expand her freelance portfolio and build relationships with new museums, whilst being supported by Sporting Heritage. To develop skills in graphic design and online content creation.

Who will the project engage and how will you share it?

The focus for the project will be family audiences, children aged 7 – 14 years. The illustrations will be vibrant, clean, high quality, age appropriate and with a child friendly voice. The main ages for the quizzes will be 7 years up wards, but some of the activities such as the colouring sheets and would be suitable for younger age groups.

The activities will:

  1. Be hands on with each resource and activity being very different to the last
  2. A digital and research focus some, others may be print, cut and create element
  3. Public to share their creations, responses, photos and answers via social media where it is suitable
  4. Will build awareness and challenge stereotypes of the various sporting collections key themes: women and disability in sports and unusual objects
  5. Encourage cross-over visiting and sign posting between the various museums and their audiences
  6. Engage family groups to take part in heritage and culture and promote onsite visiting as a next step
  7. Develop new skills, deepening knowledge, an introduction to sporting heritage.
  8. Parent and child interaction

We hope participants will gain a love and passion for sporting heritage via access to collections in a child friendly and accessible way, an interest and sense of enquiry.

For more information about the project contact jessi.illustrates@gmail.com

 

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