Schoolchildren make history

Schoolchildren make history

Since october, 30 students from the montessori school in herzogenaurach have been at work in the city museum with their usual enthusiasm. Together with their class teacher, simon hamper, they had set out to discover "rough history in miniature" in the museum's exhibition collection to discover.

The goals were set high. First of all, it was necessary to get acquainted with the city museum. In the permanent exhibition and in the museum's collection, the search was on for exhibits on nine major epochs in world history. Each era should be assigned a central factual witness. The show was supposed to be relevant and meaningful, but some of the exhibits failed the students, such as the soul scales or a steam engine.

Afterwards, the schoolchildren wrote informational texts, with self-study required. Finally, suitable illustrations were selected for the text panels. It was really exciting for the 13- and 14-year-olds. On the subject of the french revolution, you come across a document from the time of the napoleonic wars, and it is in french. It is now being made available to the public for the first time. Interesting also an order for a hunt by the prince bishop lothar franz von schonborn, who ruled under the sign of absolutism: 100 people from herzogenaurach, who are listed by name, had joined the hunt on the 15th of march. December 1704 in beutelsdorf as a driver to be found.

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The result of the project will be published on 19. December 2019, at 5 p.M., presented at the city museum. The schoolchildren present their view of the epochs of the town's history on exhibition boards in the museum's permanent exhibition, and present their very own "favorite object from this time before. The exhibition is open until 2. February to see.

The idea of schools and museums cooperating is being called for by various organizations, including the german museum association. There it says about this kind of cooperation: "cultural education is an indispensable part of our educational system, since it is indispensable for the development of the human being and for the free development of his personality" according to article 22 of the universal declaration of human rights by UNESCO. But the reality is different; cultural education is not yet represented across the board in everyday school life. But the cultural institutions also offer schools too few age-appropriate programs. Cultural education is too little anchored in everyday school life as well as in museums."

In herzogenaurach, there is probably no need to worry about that. The city museum lives these cooperations for the benefit of all participating schools and the museum.