These sessions are particularly aimed at 5-10 year olds and will involve a story based round the theme of “mythical maze” that includes 5 museum objects – one from each of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers, the Ashmolean, the Botanic Garden and the Museum of the History of Science.
Writing a story from scratch was harder than I expected it to be. I have previously told stories, but I’ve always learnt from other people telling them. To prepare, I researched mazes and labyrinths, looked at Greek myths, and even learnt how to draw a labyrinth from memory. This led to some very over-complicated story ideas! Finally, I decided that basing it around a dragon (one of the main characters in the Mythical Maze) was a good starting point, so dragons are our main theme.
This is a great opportunity to get museum objects out into places where they wouldn’t normally be seen, and to introduce the public to the museums in a very friendly way. The events are all about talking to people and letting them have fun.
Over the fortnight of events, I will begin by observing some sessions and learning how they’re run, and by the end I will be running some of them myself. I am very much looking forward to learning how to run these sessions and getting out and about to libraries around Oxfordshire this summer.