GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2016

GEM’s next Foundation Course “Museum Learning” is taking place in Manchester this spring and London this autumn. The course dates for Manchester are:  25/26 April, 23/24 May & 20/21 June 2016. For London they are 3/4 October, 7/8 November and 5/6 December 2016.

GEM’s foundation course is intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career, or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position. Since it is a work-based course, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the heritage sector.

Participants are encouraged to work together and form a self-help group throughout the three months of the course. Each person is assigned a mentor and is required to maintain a work-based reflective journal. There are six full days of seminars, workshops and site visits over a three-month period, and participants then complete a work-based assignment, which should be completed by the end of the next month after the course finishes. Participants will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion at a celebratory event two months after the end of the course.

The following elements will be covered on the course:

  • The context for museum learning today
  • Museum learning theory
  • Methods of using museum collections and historic sites for learning
  • Best practice approaches to museum learning
  • Programming for different audiences
  • Careers and continuing professional development

For further information, and to book your place, please see here.


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