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GEM Conference 2017 - put the dates in your diaries!

We are delighted that Heritage Learning is sponsoring this year's annual conference in Hull from 5 to 7 September 2017, particularly as Hull is UK City of Culture this year. 

The conference theme is Facing the Future, Forging Ahead. We shall be exploring the innovative and inspiring ways of becoming more resilient in a time of financial austerity, and asking how a museum educator can take the lead in ensuring their organisation's long-term future.

More information, the call for papers and booking forms will be available very soon!

GEM Foundation Courses: Museum Learning 2017

Bookings are now open!

The dates of GEM’s foundation courses in 2017 are:
(a) Manchester: 24/25 April; 22/23 May; 19/20 June 2017  
(b) London: 9/10 October; 6/7 November and 4/5 December 2017.  

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 to find out more and how to book your place, please click here.

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: Museum without borders

Robert Janes produced a thought-provoking video, which was premiered during conference on 1 September 2016.  The video touches on the idea that museums need to move beyond their so-called "neutrality" and tackle the serious issues facing the world.  Do we need to redefine the meaning of education in museums to succeed in doing so?  Although they say it - do museums really believe that education is a key focus of musuems?  Is it a challenge to accept a definition of education wider than one of “it’s all about teaching school groups”?  These questions and more may need to be answered. 
You can watch his presentation here.


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.