School to partner with National Maritime Museum for Antartica 2020

National Maritime Museum have an exciting opportunity for a local Lewisham or Greenwich school to co-curate an event about Antarctica 2020 for World Oceans Day.


In 2020, the National Maritime Museum will be working with the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) as part of their year-long programme of new cultural events, commissions and artworks to mark 200 years since Antarctica was first seen.  The UKAHT is a charity which exists to advance the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage to engage, inform and inspire a global audience.  Their vision for the Antarctica 2020 programme includes engaging audiences, particularly young people, across the UK with the history we share with Antarctica, why it has mattered over the last two centuries, and why it will continue to matter to future generations. As part of this national programme and drawing on our relevant galleries and collections, the National Maritime Museum is running a season of Antarctica themed projects, events and programmes in 2020 beginning with the May half term holiday and ending with refugee week (15-21 June), with a focal point of our World Oceans Day event on Saturday 6 June.  

The opportunity

With the generous support of the UKAHT, the National Maritime Museum is seeking to work with a local primary or secondary school to co-create an event, performance, or intervention centred on Antarctica to take place on Saturday 6 June 2020 when the Museum marks World Oceans Day.  As part of the project, pupils will have the opportunity to:

·         Research and engage with the heritage, environment and geopolitics of Antarctica

·         Be inspired by the work of artists, scientists and curators relating to Antarctica, climate and the environment, and oceanography


·         Be part of a high profile programme of talks, workshops, interventions and performances to mark World Oceans Day


·         Take control of shaping an event or intervention at the Museum to showcase what is important to them in relation to the above themes. 


·         Develop confidence and skills in public speaking and in their chosen art form


·         Gain an arts award (explore or Bronze, as appropriate)


The Commitment

We are seeking teachers and senior leaders who can commit time to the schedule of activity outlined below and who can encourage as many of their pupils as possible to attend the Museum on Saturday 6 June 2020 to deliver the event/intervention they have created.


Provisional schedule of activity




January 2020

Planning meeting (teachers and NMM staff)


March 2020

Planning meeting (teachers and NMM staff)


April/May 2020

Gallery visit and Inspiration workshop with an Artist, Scientist and Museum curator



Continued research and development by pupils


May 2020

Facilitated session to decide format and begin to create content for the event/intervention


May 2020

Facilitated session to refine content and shape the final event/intervention


6 June 2020

Final event/intervention delivered by pupils as part of the World Oceans Day programme at the National Maritime Museum




If you are interested in this project please contact Chi Onuora 


29/11/2019 - 20/12/2020
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