On Monday 22 June 2015, the National Museum of Scotland will host an event to showcase jewellery designed and created by secondary school pupils, inspired by our collections. Join us to explore their creations and make your own paper jewellery to take home!
For the past six months pupils from Kirkland High School, Fife, and Falkirk High School, Falkirk, have been working with the community engagement team at the National Museum of Scotland and professional jewellers to explore the processes of designing and creating jewellery.
The workshops are part of Museum2Go2, a programme which enables secondary school pupils to take part in projects inspired by our collections, specifically the objects destined for our new Art and Design and Science and Technology galleries due to open at the National Museum of Scotland in 2016. The project is part-funded by National Museums Scotland and part-funded by the Robertson Trust.
Last year we focused on Science and Technology and worked with two secondary school groups who wrote and performed their own science shows. This year we have been focusing on the new Art and Design galleries. Pupils started with a trip to the National Museum of Scotland and spent an afternoon in the galleries sketching and finding inspiration for the project.
Over six sessions carried out at their school with the jewellers of O-PiN, pupils investigated different jewellery techniques, from making silver rings to enamelling copper discs, making paper jewellery and working with wood.
The pupils were then given the task of designing and creating their own pieces under the guidance of our jewellers, inspired by what they had seen at the museum. They then came back to the museum to photograph the pieces with the help of the photographers at Stills Centre for Photography.
On Monday 22 June 2015 we are inviting visitors to the museum to come and celebrate the end of this project. Between 12:00 and 12:30 a short film and award ceremony will take place in the Auditorium of the National Museum of Scotland. This is followed by a showcase event in the Event Space on Level 2 of the Learning Centre between 12:30 and 15:00, where visitors will be able to have a closer look at the pieces. This event is open to visitors of all ages, so come along, explore and create your own paper jewellery with the O-PiN jewellers.