The U.K. has been a world leader in developing a structure of education for all its people. Yet it lacks a national museum celebrating the history of education in the U.K. and providing a valuable resource to help steer its future.
Now a group of leading educationalists have registered a charity to establish a National Education Museum for England and Wales taking advantage of the release of a treasure trove of records and artefacts following the merger of two of the country’s main teacher organisations, the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, to form the National Education Union.
The trustees are now looking to expand this collection inviting contributions from schools, colleges, universities, public authorities throughout England and Wales. We are researching a venue for the museum’s physical location, but we intend this to be also an online 21st century institution offering interactive online facilities.
The museum will be designed to appeal to all ages and to serve a range of purposes - to entertain, to fascinate, to instruct and to enlighten. It will provide opportunities for study and research. As every good museum should, it will be a resource of the past the better to guide the future.
Our first stage is the creation of a startup fund to be used to establish a website and social networking platforms, for printing promotional materials and for meeting the initial costs and expenses of attracting attention to the venture and secure the large scale funding necessary to establish the museum and ensure its sustainability.