GEM: Advanced/Leadership Courses
GEM Advanced Workshop: The Learning Curve
How leading a learning museum can transform your business

Book now for The Learning Curve taking place in York, Stowmarket and Dudley,
in collaboration with AIM.


*Frequently Asked Questions - for ALL locations (PDF)*

"There is only learning... all the rest is just stamp-collecting"
                                                                                Museum Trustee, 2017


Nowadays museum purpose is bound up with the search for resilience; whether strategic, cultural, financial or simply in expertise. To achieve true resilience, the museum must become a learning organisation.

Learning organisations are organisations that understand and optimise learning. This is not just from the point of view of audience activities, but also in how leadership teams and directors learn, behave, act, speak and champion causes worth having. If this is embraced, the rewards for the organisation, its governance and its community are transformational.

So, is yours a learning organisation? Can you afford not to be?

In this programme we are exploring how the learning agenda can be viewed in the broadest terms so as to drive purpose, decision-making, fundraising, community engagement, social enterprise, recruitment, leadership structures and good practice for the whole organisation.

Through the programme you will:

The workshop will be highly practical and discussion-based, with participants sharing their expertise and perspectives to find the best ways forward. After the event, the course director will be available by email or phone to discuss further any of the issues raised in the programme and to offer assistance with implementation.

The workshop is being devised and led by Nick Winterbotham, a former director and chief executive of many prestigious museums, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, National Railway Museum, York, and the Museum of East Anglian Life. Nick is now the managing director of Nick Winterbotham Associates, delivering high quality consultation and training on leadership, heritage learning and team development, amongst other subjects. He says:

“My contention is that we should lead all professional teams so as to enable the museum to take its place in the learning agenda for the whole community - visiting, virtual and even non-visiting.”

To further explore the benefits of learning to leadership, take a look at this article in the Harvard Business Review, Good Leaders are Good Learners, or Nick Winterbotham’s Becoming a Learning Organisation.

For more information and to book a place, please download the Frequently Asked Question's pdf and the relevant booking form below.

The course workshop dates are:
(a) York: Thursday 23 November 2017, 9.30-16.00
National Railway Museum, York
     *Bookings closed*

(b) Stowmarket: Thursday 14 December 2017, 9.30-16.00
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
     *Bookings closed*

(c) Dudley: Friday 2 February 2018, 9.30-16.00
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
     *Booking form - Dudley (PDF)*
     *Booking form - Dudley (fillable Docx)*


Spaces are limited, book your place now!


The Learning Curve is being delivered with the collaboration of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).


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