Pupils were evaluated over the course of the project. In general, following the project pupils said they felt more empowered and that they knew how to change things if they wanted to. Some said they were now more likely to choose GCSE history as an option, whilst others said they were more likely to want to visit a museum. All pupils seemed to enjoy and be stimulated by visits to museums.The project seemed to particluarly impact on pupils from Hull, which is situated in an area of socio-economic deprivation.
This is reflected in the DCMS/DCSF evaluation report Inspiration, Identity, Learning:The Value of Museums, which includes comments from teachers from Winifred Holtby School convinced of the 'phenomenal' outcomes for pupils following involvement in the project.
Student comments about the projects:
- I think equality is important regardless of skin colour
- I have now began to think the abolishment of slavery was a very important part of British history
- I now think that having freedom to do whatever you want is important and that everyone is treated equally
- Now I can see just how important freedom and equality are regardless of difference in genes
- The banning of slavery has changed our world today – if slavery still existed our world would be worse place
- I think it is important to respect everyone for who they are and to respect their culture
- No qualms or complaints whatsoever. A truly enthralling project!
The project ended with a celebration day in Hull including a performance from the London School Of Capeoira, a form of dance from originating from slavery.
The Campaign! Make an Impact project is funded jointly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the Strategic Commissioning Programme for Museum and Gallery Education.