Learning talks at the Museums + Heritage Show


A seated audience smiling and applauding

Delegates at the 2018 Museums + Heritage Show (c) Simon Callaghan Photography

We always enjoy meeting people at the annual Museums + Heritage Show at Kensington Olympia, and once again, Culture24’s Content & Partnerships Director Anra Kennedy will be curating a special strand of talks around museum learning on Thursday 16 May.

The sessions and presenters in Anra’s strand of talks will include:

Social purpose in museums, in action

Caroline, Matthew and Amy will share their experiences of working in socially purposeful ways, within learning and wider museum services. Their projects, one tackling loneliness and one developing flexible volunteering programmes, take different approaches – lots of ideas to apply in your setting.

Caroline Smith, Programmer for Schools and Teachers, National Gallery; Matthew Morgan, Adult Learning Producer, Royal Collection Trust and Amy Cotterill, Museums Development Officer, Culture and Community Engagement, Esssex County Council

Working together – creativity, arts and collections

The University of Cambridge Museums and AccessArt share playful, process-led and iterative approaches to their learning and engagement work. Hear how they weave creativity into programmes around digital making, animation and more. They’ll also share their open-access educator & teacher-friendly resources.

Dr Kate Noble, Education Officer, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge Museums and Paula Briggs, Co-Founder and Co-Director, AccessArt

Participatory Practice

Meaningful participatory practice can be challenging (but always rewarding!) – find out about MAP, the free network supporting museum practitioners in this area, followed by a focus on working with and welcoming adults with SEN to your museum.

Emma Morioka, Audience Champion, Historic Royal Palaces; Poppy Szaybo, Co-Founder & Director, Museums and Participation Network (MAP) and Molly Bretton, Head of Families, Access and Schools, Royal Academy of Arts

Helping museums connect with a student audience

Since 2017 Art Fund have grown their audience of university students across the UK to over 24,000 through the Student Art Pass. From a student ambassador programme and paid placement opportunities to a museum of the year road-trip and creative writing competition, they are helping to raise awareness of museums and galleries and drive attendance for their museum partners across the country. Discover how they are engaging this growing audience with art, culture and museum visiting and hear from the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool about why students are so important to them.

Charlotte Wood, Senior Marketing Manager (Museums), Art Fund and Felicity Robinson, Marketing and Communications Officer, National Museums Liverpool

Developing a local, place based curriculum

Leeds Museums & Galleries have developed a cross-artform, place-based curriculum with 40 cultural organisations and 30 schools. The curriculum sits on mylearning.org, a website holding national teaching resources. Explore how you can use the model, the benefits, challenges and mylearning.org.

Kate Fellows, Lifelong Learning Manager and Izzy Bartley, Digital Learning Officer, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Spaces and places for learning

Whether you’re working in custom-made education suites or inhabiting corners in galleries, gardens or elsewhere this session will be useful. Our speakers will share experiences and tips from their two very different settings on making best use of spaces and places for learning.

Amy Seadon, Learning and Community Engagement, Aerospace Bristol and Andrea MacAlister, Museum Manager, Essex Fire Museum

Using reflective practice to enrich learning programmes

ZSL and Science Museum Group both use Reflective Practice in their educational work. Find out how models they’ve developed, using self-reflection, peer observation and other techniques, support and enrich their learning and engagement programmes and how they might work in your setting too.

Stephanie Pace, Discovery & Learning Team Leader, ZSL London Zoo and Beth Hawkins, SMG Academy Manager, Science Museum Group

The 2019 Museums + Heritage Show logo with the words Proud Partner Learning Theatre

When you’re at the Museums + Heritage Show you’ll also find people from the Culture24 team on our stand in the Expert Zone – do come by to say hello, and find out more about our projects and ways we can help you!

Find out more about the Museums + Heritage Show on 16-17 May 2019, and register for your free ticket here: https://show.museumsandheritage.com

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