The Royal Mint Museum is currently able to offer the following outreach sessions free of charge to schools in South Wales.
A presentation and object handling session introducing pupils to the history of the Royal Mint and how coins are made.
Pupils use children's rhymes as a historical source to help them learn about pre-decimal coins and how money has changed over time. Includes object handling and activities.
What was the change from ‘old’ money to ‘new’ money like? Pupils discover how and why the change to decimal currency occurred in 1971 and what it meant for ordinary people who had to get used to the new system. Includes object handling and activities.
Sessions take approximately one hour and are delivered through the medium of English.
To book an outreach session for your school please contact Lucy-Ann Pickering, the Museum's Education and Learning manager.
Please note: Although at present we are unable to provide a fluent Welsh-speaker, we would still very much like to encourage enquiries from Welsh-medium schools and are happy to liase with you as to the best way of delivering each session. Pupils are welcome to converse, participate and ask questions in Welsh, and in most instances we would just ask that a member of school staff be available to facilitate translation where required.
Where possible the Museum also runs projects to help increase public access to our collection. The Museum is keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part in an outreach project, whether you are from a school or other group, and particularly if you have an idea or suggestion in mind.
Each year the Royal Mint and Royal Mint Museum are invited to Goldsmiths' Hall to participate in a day of exciting activities put on for five local primary schools the Hall supports. These activities include the Hall Quiz, hallmarking and medal design. In 2013 the Olympic and Paralympic medals were shown to the children. In 2014 the Museum's activity focused on the Commonwealth. With the Commonwealth Games only a few days away, pupils explored the variety of overseas coin produced by The Royal Mint and participated in an activity that saw them match these coins to their country of origin on a large map. .
Between November 2012 and July 2013 the Museum’s learning manager, in partnership with colleagues from the Royal Mint, delivered assemblies to local primary schools. In these assemblies pupils were given a brief introduction to the Royal Mint before getting to hear from a member of the Olympic medal manufacturing team. Pupils learnt about the manufacturing process behind the medals and were then able to ask questions of an expert in the field.
Embracing the spirit of London 2012 in July a partnership opportunity with the Royal Mint engravers allowed us to run a project with More Able and Talented pupils in Art at our local secondary school. This project saw pupils study, design and make their own ‘Olympic medals’, first by modelling their designs in clay and then casting them in plaster. Pupils learnt about the specific techniques involved in engraving and about the history and diversity of medal-making, before visiting the Royal Mint in November to see these in real life.
A number of informal activity sessions have been run for youth groups, including a local Brownie pack and two Boys Brigade sections. These activity sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the groups taking part, but typically include an introduction to the Mint and its history through object handling, followed by science or craft activities based on coins. If you are interested in this kind of session or have a different idea for one, please contact the Museum’s learning manager directly.