GEM: Foundation Course

GEM's Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2017

Book now for GEM’s next Foundation Course: Museum Learning taking place in Manchester this spring and London this autumn.  


The course dates are:
(a) Manchester: 24-25 April, 22-23 May and 19-20 June 2017. - Applications closed.


(b) London: 9-10 October, 6-7 November and 4-5 December 2017. *Fully booked*


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:

We are delighted to have Pete Brown as the course director.  Pete is a museum learning professional with over 20 years’ experience, including responsibility for CPD and organisational development at senior management level and for devising and running training courses for learning, curatorial and visitor services staff.

GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning is part of GEM’s plans to develop a highly skilled workforce that will more effectively help to improve the education, health and well-being of the general public.  As John Stevenson explained,

Foundation course group photo

Read more about GEM’s pilot foundation course in 2014 - 2015.


This course is now fully booked for 2017, if you would like to register your interest for the 2018 courses in Manchester or London, please email


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