“Museum Learning” is a broad subject, and one that continues to become more complex. Schools are still a key, but delivery to home-educators, pupil-referral units, adult learners, under 5’s, people with disabilities and community groups are all now considered part of core-delivery. Audience expectations are changing all the time. Changes to the National Curriculum, advances in digital technology, rising cost of coach travel and increased competition means that museums have to be constantly updating and refreshing their offer.
Additionally, Learning Officers come from a wide range of backgrounds. They may be former teachers or community workers, curators whose role has been expanded or graduates from a range of subjects who have chosen to specialise museum learning.
Essex Museum Development will be piloting a peer-mentoring scheme to support learning officers who wish to learn from the experiences of colleagues in other venues and to have someone they can call upon for…
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