Thwaite Mills, part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. Make a statement. Be creative. Be curious. Blur the lines. Start a conversation. Play and make magic. Learning is at the heart of Thwaite Mills Watermill. It is a working watermill where you can cross the boundaries of art and science. Across the nine very different venues of Leeds Museums and Galleries, we have 1.3 million objects and artworks. We use them to inspire and engage pupils with stories and enable them to build their own interpretations and experiences of their heritage through our collections. We believe in being: Curious and experimental: we provide high quality, authentic learning experiences, where your pupils can feel confident to try something new, or feel stretched, in a safe space Creative and purposeful: we develop our programmes in collaboration with teachers and pupils. Accessible and welcoming: we aim to provide tailored services and support for groups with specific and complex needs. Enjoyable and sociable: we aim to provide social and fun experiences where pupils can engage in debate and find their own meaning within the collections. Robust and meaningful: we are actively reflective on our creative processes and value differences in practice. Dive in for our menu of curriculum focussed workshops and resources on our sites and as outreach. Use this as a starting point. If you can’t see the topic you are studying, let us know and we will try to help. Just ask and we’ll see what we can do.
The 1.3 million objects we care for belong to you, and we want your pupils to access those in the best way for them. We offer workshops at our museums and galleries and as outreach into settings, all of which come from the stories of the objects.
We are an Artsmark Partner with considerable experience supporting schools through their Artsmark journey. Our Lifelong Learning Manager, Kate Fellows, is one of the members of the national Artsmark Levelling Panel (http://www.artsmark.org.uk/awarding) assessing awards.
All our nine venues are Arts Award Centres and Supporters (https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/learn/arts-award)