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Building Engagement

‘Building Engagement’ was a series of small discrete projects that support museums to develop their learning and outreach offer for schools.  This could be through developing meaningful relationships with local teachers, working with local clusters of schools or teaching networks, jointly developing resources, running sharing or training sessions, creating online digital contact, contributing information to the 'Connecting with Culture' website, or working closely with our local Bridge organisations to develop Arts Award.

Building Engagement 'Support Package'

In 2015  Museums signed up for a ‘Building Engagement Support Package’ by completing a short proposal form outlining what they currently offer to schools and what they wanted to develop.

The aim was to build sustainable links between schools and their local museum through working together to develop specific local resources relating to a variety of subjects in the new National Curriculum.

'Connecting with Culture' from Artswork has been created by Artswork as a simple way for schools and children & young people’s organisations to connect with arts and culture. Artswork’s mission is to place arts and culture at the heart of work with, for and by children and young people. 

Arts Council Bridge Organisations

Since April 2012 Arts Council England has been funding a network of ten Bridge organisations to help meet its goal of ensuring every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture. Chosen for their experience and expertise in connecting schools, children and young people with arts and culture, the Bridge network is helping to create a more coherent and focused arts and cultural offer for children and young people, schools and communities.

In Kent, we work with 2 Bridge organisations:

  • Royal Opera House (based in Purfleet, Essex and works across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, North Kent & Medway)
  • Artswork (based in Southampton and working across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Surrey and the rest of Kent)

The Bridge organisations champion Arts Award and Artsmark, a vocational qualification for young people aged 7-25 and Arts Council England's flagship programme which enables schools to evaluate, and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Over the next three years, the Bridges will be making investments into local and regional work that supports the creative learning of children and young people aged 0 - 19.


Museums of all shapes and sized can get involved with museum networks across the county and beyond in order to support their work.