Esperance Project Update

Lakeland Arts are delighted to announce the schools that we will be working with as part of the Esperance Project, the schools programme from Windermere Jetty. Esperance is a collection of six individual projects, which will provide schools with a unique opportunity to engage with the Museum before it opens. Each project will offer the participating schools a fantastic opportunity to experience first-hand, the build up to the opening of Windermere Jetty.

Each group will:

  • Be invited to a launch event for all of the Esperance Projects
  • Have the chance to visit the Windermere Jetty site to see the building work progressing
  • Work with professionals to complete their project
  • Experience working for a real client
  • Be invited to a celebration event to mark the end of the projects and the opening of Windermere Jetty


Sink or Swim

St. Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School, Windermere

St. Cuthbert’s Primary School will work together to design and build a boat. Working with our highly skilled boatbuilding team at Windermere Jetty, the pupils will build a boat and take it for a test paddle on the lake.

The pupils will:

  • Visit local boat builders to find out how modern boats are built
  • Design and build a boat that must stay afloat
  • Develop excellent communication skills as a team
  • Explore science and engineering and broaden their art and design skills

Headmaster, Peter Harrison, said: ‘The staff and children at St Cuthbert’s are excited about the opportunities for learning that are planned for the future in what will be an amazing setting. The children will be the future supporters and ambassadors of this special heritage and their involvement is crucial to see this succession take place’.


Read All About It

Heron Hill Primary School, Kendal

Heron Hill Primary School will be helping us to promote our new museum to young people by creating an online magazine. Pupils will meet the people behind the scenes and interview them to find out what life is really like behind the scenes at our world class museum.

Heron Hill Primary School will:

  • Work with a web design company to produce an informative and fun online magazine
  • Learn how to interview people
  • Explore the collection and be inspired to put their own creative stamp on the magazine so that it reflects what they think young people want to read about
  • Create online content


Science In Motion

Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

Students from the Lakes School will be using their creative flare to inspire others about science. The students will bring the basic principles of steam, motion and forces to life with film and animation. Visitors from around the world will see the work they produce in our museum.

The Lakes School will:

  • Explore the science of steam with an expert
  • Create an informative and inspiring piece of film with a film and media company
  • Expand their knowledge of forces and motion
  • Develop into digital champions with new skills


Finishing Touches

Windermere School and St. Bernard’s Catholic High School, Barrow in Furness

We want our visitors to be able to explore the innovative architecture at Windermere Jetty. Windermere School and St. Bernard’s Catholic High School will work with an artist to create a site specific piece of art, which will help our visitors to explore the building and the environment which surrounds it.

These schools will:

  • Meet internationally acclaimed architects Carmody Groarke, the creative force behind the Windermere Jetty building
  • Visit Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, to look at a different type of architecture
  • Work with an artist to design and make an installation which will go on show at our museum
  • Explore how subjects such as art and design, and science can work together


Green Fingers

John Ruskin High School, Coniston

We want to help our visitors understand, explore and enjoy the amazing landscape around our museum. John Ruskin High School will create a wonderful experience for our visitors by planting a habitat on site that will attract an array of wildlife.

This school will:

  • Explore the wildlife that lives around the lake
  • Work with the landscaping team from Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, to plant a habitat for plants and animals
  • Design a trail for visitors to help them to explore the natural environment
  • Expand on their knowledge of our delicate ecosystem


Shop ‘til You Drop

Queen Elizabeth High School, Kirkby Lonsdale

Entrepreneurial students from Queen Elizabeth School will design merchandise for our museum shop. The students will explore the collection and beautiful surroundings of the museum, create unique designs and follow the design journey through to production and sale.

Students will:

  • Find unique designs within the Museum’s collection
  • Talk to experts to see how the development of products works
  • Explore what they would like to see in the shop and decide what merchandise they are going to design
  • Design a product for the shop. Follow the journey as we decide what to sell in the shop

To find out more about what the schools are up to, take a look at the Esperance Project Website.

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