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'The Wild Escape'

Museum Development England is working in partnership with Art Fund on The Wild Escape – a UK-wide creative project for museums to engage with schools and families, inspired by the nature around us.

Image Credit: Luke McGarry 2022

‘The Wild Escape’ programme

The Wild Escape is bringing museums, historic houses and galleries together with schools and families to engage young people with the UK's natural environment. Children aged 7-11 are being invited to explore the animals in collections, and create stories and pictures that imagine a creature’s journey to a future habitat rich in biodiversity. The things children make in the classroom, online and in museums will be brought together in a collective work of art, unveiled during a weekend of activities for all ages on Earth Day, which takes place on 22 April 2023.

Museum Development England has been working with the Art Fund to distribute grant funding to enable museums, historic houses and galleries to get involved.

In London, the following organisations have made successful applications to this fund:

  • Linnean Society
  • Brunel Museum
  • Gunnersbury Park Museum
  • Museum of the Home
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens
  • Garden Museum
  • Keats House
  • Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
  • Lauderdale House
  • Museum of Enfield
  • Studio Voltaire
  • Beaconsfield

Activity comes to a climax around Earth Day 2023, and we’ll update you then on what these organisations have been up to.

Although the grant funding has now closed, there is still plenty of time to get involved. Go to the Art Fund web site here (opens in new window) to find out more.