September 2019–May 2020
Funded by Cambridge Humanities Research Grant Scheme
This collaborative action research project builds on the 2017 UCM Nursery in Residency to work with Playlanders, a local community playgroup. The project explores how young children develop meaningful connections with the Museum through respeated visits over the course of a term. Educators from the Museum and the playgroup will work together to plan, deliver, and document what happens during these visits and beyond. As part of this process they will consider how best to support young children visiting the Museum to pursue their own interests and respond in a variety of ways. The research will support the development and testing of innovative methodologies for practitioner research with young children in museums, as well as supporting the development of professional learning and community engagement.