A new multi-million pound education centre will use iPods, iPhones and Playstations in free sessions for schoolchildren when it is opened by Dame Vivien Duffield at the Museum of London on Tuesday (September 15 2009).
The Clore Learning Centre will let pupils turn their own photographs of objects into creative animations, record gallery titbits on MP3 players and mobile phones and galvanise blue screen technology to dress themselves in Roman costumes in a host of imaginative learning plans.
Young visitors will be able to take pictures and recordings
A three-year development as part of a £20 million project at the popular Museum, the fully equipped studio and 230-seat theatre will welcome schools and colleges during the day, as well as adult learning after dark and events for families and communities in holiday periods and at weekends.
Image: The new Clore Learning Centre at the Museum of London will allow pupils to use the latest technology in free sessions. © Museum of London.
Hands-on activities with archaeologists, storytellers and actors will feature alongside the modern technology in a space organisers want to make "engaging, vibrant and inclusive".
"The Museum's education spaces were pioneering when they were first installed in 1976, and these brand new facilities mean that Museum of London will once again be a leader in Museum learning," predicted Professor Jack Lohman, Director of the Museum.
"We are especially pleased to be able to offer free sessions for school students."
The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are among the major financial backers behind the Centre.