Take One Project

How can a painting or an object ignite young people’s imagination? 
How can we inspire a love of learning through our nation’s collections?
Take One...

Take One Project
We have joined museums, galleries, archives and historic sites around the UK, who are offering Take One programmes to make their collections accessible to young people through enquiry-based learning.

Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools, and since 2015 we have been running a Take One programme of our own. Each year, we focus on one item from the collections, to inspire imaginative cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. During a one-day Continuing Professional Development course at the museum, teachers are introduced to the chosen object, and given training on how to build exciting lessons around it. Loans items are provided to help them do so. The challenge is then for schools to use these new ideas to stimulate works of art, as well as learning in more unexpected curriculum areas. The Museum of Somerset will celebrate what pupils have created in our annual Take One exhibition, and on this website too.

This Year


This year’s focus is our fantastic civil war coin hoard, found by accident in a Taunton garden in 2014. Our teacher’s training day will look at this artefact from many angles. We’ll explore the civil war history of the area and the symbolic and scientific significance of coins. Also experience some living history, bespoke drama training and more.

Get Involved
For our subscribing schools, there is no cost whatsoever for participating in Take One. For non-subscribers, there will be a cost of £150 to take part in the project.

If you’re interested in taking part in this project, or if you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Chloe Grant on chloe.grant@swheritage.org.uk.

Last Year

From 2 July to 6 July the Museum of Somerset held an exhibition of the work created by more than 850 Somerset school children.

The Somerset-wide programme with schools has been inspired by Oyster Dredgers at Porlock Weir, painted by Charles Napier Hemy in 1890.

Charles Napier Hemy Oyster Dredgers at Porlock Weir 1

Osyter Dredgers at Porlock Weir by Charles Napier Hemy is now on permanent display in the Museum of Somerset.

This painting depicts a vanished world of hard work and poverty. Hemy used texture to recreate Porlock’s brooding landscape and you can imagine being in the windswept harbour, surrounded by the swell of the waves.

This painting also helps to celebrate the future of Porlock. A modern oyster industry is being developed, showing the enterprise of people in Porlock today.

Earlier this year we held a Take One training day with teachers, and since then a number of local school have taken part in the programme. The children have explored themes including Porlock’s Victorian past, the magic and beauty of oysters, and the revival of the industry.

Their enthusiasm, energy and interest can be seen in the wonderful displays of their work.

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With grateful thanks

This 2016 Take One programme has been made possible with the help and participation of:
Roger Hall of Porlock Bay Oysters
Anna Toeman of Porlock Bay Visitor Centre

The pupils and teachers at:
Ash Primary School
Bishop Henderson Primary School, Taunton
Beech Grove Primary School, Wellington
Blackbrook Primary School, Taunton
Eastover Primary School, Bridgwater
Hamp Academy, Bridgwater
Middlezoy Primary School
Othery Village School
Parkfield Primary School, Taunton
St Dubricius First School, Porlock
Staplegrove Primary School, Taunton
West Monkton Primary School
Winsham Community Primary School


View our 2015 Take One programme case study