Are You Sitting Comfortably?

School photograph, 1915-1925

17 October 2013 - 24 August 2014

An exploration of design at the chalkface. This exhibition looks at some of the effects of environment and design on teaching and learning from the formality of the Victorian classroom to the outdoors self–directed learning of a wood school.

In collaboration with Cazenove Architects, specialists in educational design and the University of East London, the Museum has set a series of design challenges. Pupils from Gayhurst Primary and Clapton Girls’ Academy, Hackney, worked on developing furniture design solutions. Architecture students from the UEL have designed a willow structure for Paupers Wood School, Manchester. A choir from St Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets, has developed a calming acoustic installation with musicians Jason Sigh and Laura Howe. 

The exhibition also features examples of school furniture from the Museum's collection, contemporary furniture by school suppliers and samples of school design by Cazenove Architects. Plus a film by the Paupers Wood School.

With special thanks to Lee Valley Regional Park.





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