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GEM's excited to announce:

For more details about all our professional development courses, please visit our CPD page.  Or to view the full press release here, click here.

GEM Fringe Event at Museums Association Conference
Thursday 16 November 2017, 13.00 to 14.15

Join us for a special GEM Fringe event and lunch at the Museums Association Conference on Thursday 16 November 2017, from 13.00 to 14.15. Meet GEM’s new director Rachel Tranter and find out about the Learning and Sharing Centre programme supported by Arts Council England.

GEM is for everyone interested in learning through museums and heritage, and we would welcome your ideas on GEM’s future developments.

Next year, celebrating its 70th anniversary, GEM is looking to strengthen its role as the lead champion and advocate for excellence in heritage learning, and thus through learning improve the education, health and wellbeing of the public.

The event is open to full MA Conference delegates, as well as those who have registered for free to attend the MA Exhibition. Lunch will be served.  Reserve your place for our free GEM Fringe event by emailing  Places are limited. 


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.


GEM Foundation Courses: Museum Learning 2017

GEM’s Museum Learning course was first piloted in 2014, since then it has been run successfully twice every year in Manchester and London.  This course provides you with opportunties to develop, practise and demonstrate the basic skills and knowledge needed to be a heritage educator, and is aimed at those at the start of their career or career changers. 


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  If you would like to find out more about this course, click 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.