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12 New College students recently had the fantastic opportunity to undertake work experience at the Science Museum Group’s National Collections Centre at Wroughton.  The students are all studying the A Level Creative Arts Pathway and focusing on the Art: Historical Practice A Level.

The ARTiculation Discovery Day was organised in conjunction with the Roche Court Educational Trust. The Trust works with teachers, young people and specialist groups to develop confidence and skills by looking, thinking and speaking about art. ARTiculation is a nationally acclaimed public speaking initiative designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of visual culture. It engages young people aged between 14 and 23, regardless of background or experience, with art and develops their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions.  There is an annual ARTiculation Prize for those aged between 16 and 19: students are invited to each deliver a ten-minute presentation to an audience about a work of art, architecture or an artefact with adjudicators assessing each presentation on content, structure, delivery and the speaker’s original approach and unique potential.

The day’s activities included: a tour of selected art works conducted by curators, undertaking research into archive material, working with curators; learning how museums operate and developing their public speaking skills.

A Level Creative Arts Pathway student, Dominic said: “It was an exhilarating experience and I felt that it was such a good insight into how artwork is preserved.”

Russell Maggs, Programme Leader for Historical Practice said: “The Articulation discovery day allowed the learners of New College to discover job roles within the museum sector. They were able to interview curators and museum handlers on the processes involved and how they could get into that sector. The day culminated in them developing their public speaking skills and they each delivered a presentation on artwork which was stored in the collection.”