Round-up: Citizenship

By Rachel Hayward | 12 January 2010 | Updated: 29 March 2011
Photo showing a teenage girl pupil showing a collage she has created based on her Citizenship project

Carly from Primrose High School in Leeds spoke about the sense of empowerment Campaign! Make an Impact, a key museum Citizenship programme, had given her at the project's launch in 2009. © Rachel Hayward / Culture24

Resource round-up: We've collected some of the best online and real world Citizenship resources from the UK's museums to support your classroom work

Here's a list of the online and real world offers we like from UK museums. Scroll down for more details and links:
1. A model project: Campaign! Make an Impact
2. The best of the rest
3. Venues

1. A model project: Campaign! Make an Impact
Launched last May at the British Library in London, Campaign! Make an Impact is a free, cross-curricular national programme which uses historical campaigns to enable students to run their own campaigns about issues affecting them.

One of its strengths lies in the fact that the Campaign! Make an Impact programme is also online and provides schools with a tried and tested package of materials based upon a three-step model of successful campaigning: Historical Campaigns, Make Yourself Heard and Run Your Campaign.

The resources are based upon a highly successful three-year pilot of Campaign! Make an Impact. It has seen schools working closely with local museum and library collections to research historical campaigns, then bring creative practitioners on board to develop students' creative campaigns with film and audio techniques as well as artwork.

This national programme was developed by the British Library in partnership with the MLA Council and is being rolled out across England in 2009-11, funded through the DCMS/DCSF Strategic Commissioning Programme.

Find out more by reading our Culture24 article or go straight to the Campaign! Make an Impact section on the British Library website.

2. The best of the rest
We also highly recommend Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600 - 1807. This website from Parliamentary Archives uses original source material interwoven with narrative from expert historians to tell the story of Parliament's complex relationship with the British slave trade. The Learning section gives you curriculum-linked resource ideas for the classroom.

Read more about the website in our article, 19th century Anti-Slave Trade Petition to Parliament goes online.

These resources and many others can be found by searching our database of more than 4,000 museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites in the UK. We've done the work, so you don't have to - here's a Culture24 canned search of museum Citizenship content at a click.

Finally, the Museum of London have an interactive for KS4 pupils called Starting Out. It's designed to guide pupils in money management. 

3. Venues
It's also worth checking out our Places to Go section for venues near you. Many museums include Citizenship in their activities for schools or are happy to discuss a more specific idea for you.

More on the venues and organisations we've mentioned: