The Zeeuws Museum has a loan collection of museum objects that it takes to primary schools as part of the project ‘ZM in the School’. The objects form the basis of an ongoing educational trajectory for primary education.

The response from our education partner, ABS Middelburg: Our school really enjoys participating in ‘ZM in the School’. Our participation stemmed from the question: how do we breathe new life into our history teaching. Our school is just two streets away from the museum. Our children, their teachers and their parents go to the museum and the museum comes to us! It is so powerful to combine the school with the museum. When a museum piece is presented in the classroom, you see that the children think up stories and have a much better connection with the subject. In the first weeks of the project, a part of the classroom was transformed into a museum.

The sight of the children’s drawings of ships carrying cloves, children teaching themselves to make fire in the playground, posing in self-made regional costume next to photos of their grandparents: priceless.

In recent years the museum staff have built up the cultural heritage programme in consultation with our teachers. Daardoor kon er geschaafd worden and capitalise on the experience of our pupils and teachers. The partnership with the Zeeuws Museum is now indispensible for our curriculum!

Nomination for the 2015 Museum Education Prize

The project we developed in partnership with schools and which has been fully implemented at ABS Middelburg was one of thirteen projects nominated for the Museum Education Prize, the country’s leading prize for the best partnership between primary schools and museums. We did not win the prize but we are very proud of our nomination and the special commendation as “an excellent example”. The Museums Association presented the prize to the Kröller-Müller Museum. Here you can read the full report 'Education Comes to Life in the Museum’ published by the Museum Education Taskforce in October 2015.

registration and more information

telephone: +31 (0)118 65 30 00

or e-mail: Dorine Zelders, education officer or the secretariat and discuss the possibilities.