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Welcome to GEM


Thanks to £168,000 of Arts Council England (ACE) funding, GEM will set up a new permanent LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE (LSC) for all those in the cultural sector that are involved in education.  Through a range of face-to-face meetings and online digital resources, the LSC will equip museum staff with the skills they need.  More details.

GEM Conference 2016

We're pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for this year's GEM Conference in Edinburgh from 31 August to 1 September 2016. The theme is Adapt & Thrive: Weathering the impact of change on cultural learning.

The conference will seek answers to two key questions:
    What are the forces of change affecting cultural learning today?
    How can we adapt our practice to turn these forces to our advantage?


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More information and booking forms are available here.

GEM Foundation Courses: Museum Learning 2016

The dates of GEM’s foundation courses in 2016 are:

(a) Manchester: 25/26 April; 23/24 May; 20/21 June 2016  
(b) London: 3/4 October; 7/8 November and 5/6 December 2016.  

GEM's foundation course in Museum Learning is aimed at those people working or volunteering in the sector at the start of their time as a heritage learning practitioner or manager.  Pete Brown is the course director

If you would like more information on one of these courses or an application form, please go to our Foundation Course page.

Volunteer for GEM!

There are many ways in which you can help GEM to promote the importance of learning through museums, galleries and other cultural organisations.

We do need your help - and helping GEM can also play an important part in your own professional development.

Click HERE to volunteer now!  We shall provide you with details of some opportunities which match your skills and experience.