GEM RESEARCH & TRAVEL BURSARIES
the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) awards two bursaries for GEM members to
explore an aspect of heritage education. A research bursary of up to £1,500
and a travel bursary of up to £1,000 may be applied for by GEM members for the
On completion of the project, successful applicants are required to submit a 3,000 word article which GEM may publish in the Journal of Education in Museums and/or the GEM website. Applicants are also encouraged to disseminate their experiences further to benefit the wider museum profession.
On 15 March 2013, applicants must either (a) have been a personal member of GEM for more than two years, or (b) have worked continuously for more than two years for an institutional member.
Details of each bursary and how to apply now follow.
The latest date for applications has been
Sunday 17 March 2013.
The general aims of the GEM Bursaries are to:
- encourage the sharing of good practice and research on museum education;
- assist in the continuing professional development of GEM members;
- develop and broaden research work being undertaken into museum education;
- encourage the interchange of ideas and experiences on a global basis.
GEM RESEARCH BURSARY
intended that the Research Bursary will be used to investigate a contemporary
issue or concern within museum education, and that the conclusions reached will
be of practical use to museum educators in general and GEM members in
particular. The Research Bursary will not be awarded to subsidise the costs of
academic research as part of a degree course.
The Research Bursary will be awarded for research costs including associated travel up to £1,500.
GEM TRAVEL BURSARY
Bursary will be awarded to support continuing professional development by
allowing a GEM member to see other ways of working in his or her selected
The Travel Bursary will be awarded for travel and accommodation costs up to £1,000.
Please note that neither Bursary award is intended to be used simply for conference fees or associated travel.
Applications are welcomed from all GEM members who wish to embark on an innovative project linked to an aspect of museum education which satisfies the above aims and guidelines.
We prefer that applicants use the "fillable" Word
document above and email it together with any supporting documentation to
You may print out the PDF version and fill it in by hand and then scan it and
email it to the office.
Please ensure you rename the Word document to include your own name.
A Journal of Education in Museums (JEM)
published annually by Group for Education in Museums.
GEM members each receive one JEM free each year. Past copies of JEM are on sale to anyone, except the most recent JEM which is not sold to non-members until it becomes a back-issue.
JEM includes lengthier and more wide-ranging
articles on current research and topics such as the use of handling
or costume collections. It also usually incorporates regular updates
of the GEM Bibliography (see above).
art exhibitions for families" (large file)
This is an illustrated summary of a report of a research trip to the USA funded by a GEM research travel grant to examine developments in the presentation of interactive art exhibitions designed for children and families. The full article entitled "Interactive art exhibitions: an overview of developments in the USA" can be read in Issue 22 of the Journal of Education in Museums (2001).
The University Bookshop
The University Bookshop, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester (Tel 0116 2523000) produces a mail order list of an extensive selection of books relating to museum studies amongst which are many on museum education. The Department of Museum Studies also publishes:
- Museum Studies Bibliography, 1994, ISBN 0954500544, £7 inc. post and packaging.
- You may find useful pointers in the following three publications:
- Museum and Gallery Education by Eilean Hooper Greenhill, published 1994, in the series Museum Studies edited by Susan M Pearce, published by Leicester University Press.
- Initiatives in Museum Education by Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, published 1989 by Leicester University Press.
- Writing a Museum Education Policy edited by Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, published 1994 by Leicester University Press.
- The Museums Association produces a variety of papers and manuals about professional and ethical issues relating to many aspects of museum work. Contact them for further information at 42 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R OPA. Tel. 0471-250 4789.
- The National Association for Gallery
Education (engage) might also have
useful information. Contact: Membership and Administrative Officer, engage,
Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom.
Tel. +44 (0)20 7729 5858.
Fax. +44 (0)20 7739 3688. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.engage.org
You could enquire whether your research quest could be advertised through such outlets as:
- The Museums Association's monthly Museums Journal (free to members but single copies can be purchased by non-members). Write to the editor at the address above.
- AIM - the bi-monthly bulletin of the Association of Independent Museums. Write to the Editor, AIM, Park Cottage, West Dean, Chichester, W Sussex PO18 1RX.
You may wish to interview specific museum education officers to find out more about their ideas and philosophies. Some may be able to send you their departmental policy papers and samples of the materials they produce for use with the public or publicity purposes, in advance of your meeting. All will appreciate you taking time to sift as much of the general information as you can in advance of the visit, and that you define your needs or specific areas of interest very clearly.