GEM is for everyone interested in learning through museums and heritage
GEM champions excellence in heritage learning to improve the education, health and well-being of the general public.
GEM believes that:
- Our heritage provides distinctive opportunities for learning for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
- Places such as museums and historic houses help individuals explore and make sense of the world, generate curiosity, inspire self-confidence and give visitors a sense of achievement.
- Heritage organisations and the learning opportunities they provide can contribute to and enhance the welfare of the individual and society.
What does GEM do?At GEM, we believe that our heritage provides distinctive opportunities for learning. We aim to make that learning accessible, relevant and enjoyable to all. This is what we do to make that happen:
- We support heritage organisations and education practitioners in developing and sharing best practice in heritage learning.
- We develop innovative learning projects that contribute to sustainable development in heritage education.
- We work in partnership with other organisations to contribute to important government agendas and the cultural economy.
- We advocate the benefits of heritage learning in terms of individual and social welfare.
GEM helps you:
- Keep up to date with news, debate and research in the field of heritage learning through GEM’s website, eNews, Case Studies and the Journal of Education in Museums.
- Access a wide range of learning resources on the GEM website
- Develop new skills and take control of your career through GEM’s flexible and responsive range of training opportunities.
- Meet and share ideas with colleagues in your part of the world through regular area meetings and training events.
- Raise your profile within the heritage sector by listing yourself on the Freelance Network on the website.
- Apply for financial assistance to explore an aspect of museum education and share the knowledge you gain with the wider profession.
- Post and look for jobs, including full-time and part-time education positions as well as freelance/consultant contracts on the GEM website.
- Ask questions and debate issues on the GEM members’ email list.
GEM produces a variety of publications including
- JEM -the annual Journal of Education in Museums
- Case Studies - a twice yearly publication in magazine format
- GEM e-News - a monthly email newsletter sent to members
- Museum Education Bibliography
GEM membership is open to anyone interested in learning through museums and heritage. This includes museums, galleries, country houses, heritage sites, urban and countryside interpretative centres, science centres, schools and universities. Members may be full-time educators or other staff with an educational role who interpret the environment, sites and collections in a wide variety of ways, promoting and exploiting their full potential as learning resources.
The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for policy, annual budgets, and financial and professional probity. There are six elected and up to three co-opted trustees.
Area Groups are independent associations affiliated to GEM which pursue the same objectives as GEM. They represent geographical areas and have regular meetings that explore relevant issues, provide CPD and encourage networking.
Administrative support for GEM is provided by GEMSO - the GEM Support Office.