The Wallace Collection

Young Curators of the Shhh! It's a Secret Exhibition
Young Curators of the Shhh! It's a Secret Exhibition
Journey's East project participants, December 2011
Journey's East project participants, December 2011
Rangoli workshop with West Hampstead Woman's Group, August 2012
Rangoli workshop with West Hampstead Woman's Group, August 2012
Special Projects

The Education Department runs a variety of special projects with certain groups. See below for reports on a sample of these exciting programmes.


Out of The Frame: Loan Box Project


Residents, painting porcelain cups with Alive!

The Wallace Collection with funding from NIACE through CLIF (the Community Learning Innovation Fund) we were able to provide older people in care home settings outside of London, access to the Collection.

We created six themed ‘loan boxes’ to be lent to care homes and day centres, as an innovative way to facilitate an experience of the museum. They were specially designed to be a stimulus for discussion, appreciation so that care home staff and volunteers could deliver their own sessions with residents.

Loan Box at a Family and Friends Day

We provided care staff and volunteers with training to deliver art and heritage workshops using the loan boxes.  Residents where appropriate were given the opportunity to visit a museum and ‘Family and Friends days’ were held to share the project with the wider community.

Each themed box contained reproduction images such as a portrait of Madame de Pompadour and an Indian dagger thought to be owned by Shah Jahan. Handling items were commissioned or sourced to accompany the works of art such as a copy of a doublet worn by Sir Robert Dudley in his portrait. A booklet for each theme was written and an iPad with relevant digital content was also included.

To find out more about this project please select link below

Project in a Box

Resources available to download

There were 6 themes with accompanying booklets, please see the link below.

'Family and Home'

'Great Outdoors',


'Work and Play'

'Gossip and Scandal',

'Collectors and Curiosities'

There is also audio available for each theme. We are currently working to make it available online, in the meantime please email: to request a copy.

Sample from Work and Play

The creation of new material by The Wallace Collection’s ‘Out of the Frame Loan Box” has been financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the Adult Community Learning Fund managed by NIACE. Copyright in this material is vested in the Crown but it is made freely available for others to use under the terms of the Open Government Licence.  Full details are available at


Journey's East, September 2011 to February 2013

Project participants

Journey's East was a unique community project brought to you by the Wallace Collection supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project involved 60 individuals from the ages of 3 to 80+ from East Ham, Peckham, West Hampstead and Ealing working on a yearlong project to make artwork for an exhibition in response to the Wallace Collection’s Dutch Masterpieces to celebrate the refurbishment of the Museum’s East Galleries. The project also involved the recruitment and training of an Arts Educator, a team of Community Ambassadors and Refugee Tour Guides.

For more information about the project please enjoy this film documenting participant's visit to the Wallace Collection;

You can also visit the project's blog and download the project report here

“Shhh…it’s a Secret! Unlocking the secrets behind the treasures of the Wallace Collection”. Twelve young curators from St Vincent’s RC primary school curated an exhibition for families using objects from the Collection in the exhibition gallery. Download the exhibition report below.

Exhibition Report 1.5MB PDF

Apollo Rides Again, Key Stage 2 project with Wigmore Hall ,summer 2010.

Apollo Rides Againbrought to life the stories of Apollo, Greek god of the sun and of music, through workshops at The Wallace Collection and in schools. Over 200 Year 3 pupils from 8 schools in Westminster, Brent and Ealing took part. During the summer term pupils wrote lyrics, produced art work and composed new music all around the theme of Apollo; the project culminated in a celebratory concert at Wigmore Hall in July 2010 where all the children performed to an audience of their peers, parents, representatives’ of the project funders and other museums. Download the report below.

Project Report

Futurarmour Project. A project with Chelsea College of Art and Design. BA Textiles students used the arms and armour collection as inspiration to create stunning modern fashions.

Project Report 197kb PDF

The Power of the Object 2008-09: What effect do ‘real’ objects have on pupils’ learning? The collections in the partnership (The Bowes Museum, Compton Verney, The Holburne Museum, Waddesdon Manor and the Wallace Collection) have a unique atmosphere, a collection very much shaped by a particular collector or family, a strong focus on the decorative arts and a particular historic setting in which the works of art are housed. All of this greatly contributes to people’s experience of the objects. Taking this as a focus, one project in 2008-9 explored The Power of the Object as a learning tool and to what extent this impact was strengthened by experiencing it in the museum.

“Glittering Treasures” Gold Boxes. 6 Key Stage 2 classes from 4 schools in Brent and Ealing took part in this outreach project. Pupils learnt about and drew from the collection of gold boxes at the Wallace and each created their very own golden box back at school. Download the report below.

Project Report 504kb PDF