GEM Conference 2013
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This year's conference is based in Leeds from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 September 2013 and the theme is People Power: Realising the potential of volunteers, communities and partners.
In the context of financial austerity, the heritage education sector needs to find ways to tap into the potential of their most valuable resource: the people that live and learn in, with and around their organisations, transforming them into partners in learning – be it as a volunteer, a local community or an external partner. The GEM 2013 conference will help heritage management and education professionals appreciate the value of this asset, and explore new and better ways of capitalising on it.
Firstly we will consider the value of volunteering, both for the organisation and for the volunteer. This insight will lead on to how heritage education projects can successfully harness and integrate into local communities, and make the most of opportunities to build mutually beneficial inter-organisational and cross-sector partnerships. On the final day, we will review the opportunities and technologies which are now available for engaging and involving individuals effectively in heritage learning practice.
Keynote speakers include:
- Dr Justin Davis Smith CBE, executive director for
volunteering and development, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
What people can do: Appreciating the value of volunteers
- Professor James Nazroo, professor of sociology & director
of CCSR (Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research), University of
The relationship between volunteering and well-being in later life: Patterns and determinants
- Paul Manners, director, National Co-ordinating Centre for
Getting educational establishments engaging with their local communities
- Dr Helen Graham, research fellow in tangible and intangible
heritage, Leeds University
Owning the museum: Bringing the public in
If you book now, you can attend the whole GEM conference for just £415 which includes three days of conference fees, meals, refreshments and two-nights bed & breakfast in a single en suite room. But don't delay as this early bird offer will end on 17 May.
Save up to £155!
- GEM members save £75 on the whole conference ...
- and save a further £80 by booking before 17 May.
- Non-members can take advantage of the above offer by joining GEM and applying for the conference at the same time.
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