Schools

Visiting a museum is a fun and engaging learning experience and can help children develop a range of skills. We aim to provide an interactive experience by concentrating on museum items that can be handled, and encouraging children to ask questions.

What we can do:

  • create a day tailored to the needs of your class.
  • provide activities for primary and secondary pupils.
  • bring objects to your class and lead a discussion on them

We work together with schools to create a day tailored to the needs of the class, whether you have covered golf or not.  Many activities incorporate the social studies section of the curriculum, as we explain the importance of golf to the history, heritage and culture of Scotland.  Enabling pupils to handle objects straight from the gallery cases engages them with the topic and will encourage them to want to learn more. 

Our aim is to make our collections accessible and inspiring for children, opening display cases to reveal the history of great players through the objects they have left us.  The history of golf is subtly woven into the fabric of Scottish sporting culture and society, which we hope can be translated to children visiting the galleries.

Our approach in the Museum is to use the gallery space for activities and the study of objects to encourage a creative learning experience.  Concentrating on items that can be handled and encouraging the children to ask questions will connect them with the Museum and stimulate their imagination.

 

Example Activities

Club and Ball development

In this activity we give the children a chance to work with historical and modern balls and clubs. To show the development of the equipment, they can investigate a rare feathery golf ball and golf clubs used by Champion golfers. Questions aim to get the children thinking about the similarities and differences between the clubs and balls.

The Greatest Golfers in History and The Open Championship

We discuss some of the best and most famous players from history by focussing on The Open Championship. Giving the children the historic medals to look at encourages them to think about what it takes to win one, as well as how it feels to take part in a competition, individually or as part of a team.

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Our Schools activities support the Curriculum for Excellence by encouraging

  • successful learners
  • confident individuals
  • responsible citizens
  • effective contributors

We run activites which help develop skills in

  • investigation
  • expression
  • exploration
  • discussion
  • creativity

Did you know?

During and just after World War II, golf ball supplies reached crisis point, due to a shortage of rubber. In 1942 the Government forbid the remoulding of old balls. Following R&A intervention, the ban was lifted. One of the arguments used was that the Army Medical Council encouraged golf as a remedial exercise for wounded personnel.