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Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead

The National Motor Museum Trust has won the Collections Trust Award 2017 for its Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead project. With the theme of pulling together, the award recognises the achievements of those who manage museum collections; the teams who are often behind the scenes and whose work can go unnoticed.

The Collections Trust award includes £2,000 to be spent on a collections management activity, which will help to support the work of the National Motor Museum Trust in preserving Britain’s motoring heritage. The award was presented at the Collections Trust 2017 conference.

Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead has been made possible by a successful bid to the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, which awarded £72,800 for the National Motor Museum Trust to unlock information about collections and develop an imaginative new range of family activities for visitors.

Keep CALM has extended the use of the museum’s CALM collections management system and supported review and research on under-used parts of the collections. This work has helped to support the development of new initiatives for visitors to Beaulieu. The project is building on the Museum’s Education Service by generating new programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to National Curriculum changes.

A creative take on STEAM has been adopted for the project, using the newly researched material to inspire a range of lively Automotive Steampunk-themed family activities over the course of the two year project. Visitors to the Museum have been able to explore the collections through fun and imaginative ways such as story-telling sessions, a Magical Mechanisms family trail and opportunities to dress up in full Steampunk style.

The Keep CALM project began in July 2016 and concludes in March 2018.


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