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GEM Learning & Sharing Centre Conference: Book now!

Thursday 29 March 2018, 10.00-17.00
National Army Museum, London

Free to attend!

Help drive the future of museum learning! Join GEM as we explore the future of the Learning & Sharing Centre (LSC), set up with ACE funding. At the close of this highly productive project, we will be reflecting on the outcomes and involving you in planning the next steps for GEM and the sector, ensuring that the project has a lasting legacy. Book now!

Don't miss the GEM area sharing events: Empower the Educator!

Strengthen your area network, feel empowered in your organisation, learn how to speak up for your work and make space to be creative! Join GEM in a series of FREE half-day events funded by ACE to empower museum and heritage educators across England. Book now!


GEM Foundation Courses: Museum Learning 2018

Our popular Museum Learning course is now open for bookings in Manchester from April to July 2018!

Are you new to the museum and heritage learning sector?  Are you looking to increase your skills, understanding and confidence within your role?  If so, then this course is for you! 

The course will provide you with opportunities to develop, practise and demonstrate the basic skills and knowledge needed to be a heritage educator.  Six days of formal training, site visits and activities will guide you towards completing a work-based assignment that will benefit not only you but your organisation too.  You'll be supported by an experienced course director, a group of like-minded peers, and a professional mentor within the sector. 

“I have managed to put so many of the great ideas the course gave me into action and lots more to come over the next few months.” - 2017 course participant

Find out more about this course and book your place now!


GEM Conference 2018 - dates & location announced!

GEM conference 2018 will be taking place at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham from Tuesday 4 September to Thursday 6 September 2018.  This year's annual conference is very special as we'll be celebrating our 70th year anniversary!

We're pleased to be working in partnership with Museum Development East Midlands to create a conference programme that will be inspiring and practical for heritage learning professionals! 

The theme and bookings will be announced soon! 


GEM's Learning & Sharing Centre project

Thanks to £168,000 of Arts Council England (ACE) funding, the GEM will set up a new permanent LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE (LSC) for all those in the museum, heritage and 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.  To find out more about the LSC, click here read the full press release.

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.