GEM: GEM Foundation Course 2014

GEM's Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2014

GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning a great success!


On Friday 27 March 2015, the first people to participate in GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning received their certificates of achievement from GEM’s director, Dr John Stevenson.  He congratulated the following for their hard work and for successfully completing the course:

Jenny Buxton Louise Middleton
Hannah Dunlop Victoria Rookyard-Wheatley
Victoria Gretton Tabitha Runacres
Rebecca Hunt Joanna Shelton
Joanne Marychurch Michelle Welbourn
Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2014

John Stevenson thanked the course mentors who had volunteered their time to support individual participants over the period of the course. Mentors observed taught sessions, discussed work-based assignments and helped with planning and reflecting on professional development. He also thanked those staff in London museums who had hosted learning visits throughout the course and willingly shared their experience and expertise. The course director, John Reeve, was thanked by everyone for developing and running a most inspiring and useful course.

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.

The topics explored include:

Participants on GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2014) said that,

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