GEM’s new courses at the LSC continue the group’s aims at addressing the challenges facing professionals involved in education in the museum, heritage and cultural sector. The Learning & Sharing Centre was set up a year ago following a £168,000 ACE grant with the aim of equipping museum staff with the skills to educate through a range of face-to-face meetings, workshops and online digital resources.

Since last year the LSC has continued to build upon existing best practice to provide training and continuous professional development, encourage the workforce to network and share experiences, skills and knowledge, and provide mentors to support museum learning. The LSC also develops distance learning courses and set up a new online signpost to help staff find relevant training opportunities.

“GEM’s new training courses are providing museum professionals at all CPD levels with the skills they need to face future challenges,” Dr John Stevenson, GEM Trustee and CEO. “GEM believes that museum, heritage and cultural learning has a powerful positive impact on society and that the best way to increase that impact is by cultivating a skilled, resilient and inspired workforce.”

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The new educational programmes are:

  • A new foundation course: Effective Engagement for practitioners and volunteers in the early stages of their career in the museum sector, who are likely to have a role interacting with the public.
  • Five new intermediate courses supporting the professional development of mid-career museum, heritage and cultural educators: The course are: Heritage Interpretation; Working with Artists in Heritage Settings; Health and Wellbeing; Essentials of Leadership; and Fundraising and Income Generation.
  • A new advanced workshop: Managing Museum Educators and Their Activities, for those in leadership positions, such as managers, directors or trustees.

The LSC’s new foundation, intermediate and advanced level courses draw on the GEM core competencies to meet the continuing professional development needs of the heritage workforce.

GEM says it has developed the courses to be enjoyable, flexible and instantly applicable to the workplace. The foundation course includes six full professional development days spread over a number of weeks, culminating in a work-based assignment. The intermediate and advanced courses are built around one-day workshops with pre and post activities. This combination ensures long-lasting learning to directly benefit one’s organisation.

The courses have been developed with GEM’s project partners and collaborators; the Association for Heritage Interpretation, Engage, National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, South Western Federation of Museums and Galleries, and Association of Independent Museums.

GEM will hold its annual conference in Hull from Tuesday, September 5 to Thursday September 7 at the city’s Guildhall. The conference is entitled: Facing the Future, Forging Ahead – Core resilience in the museum, heritage and cultural learning sectors and places can be booked here.

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Course Locations and Dates

GEM foundation course: effective engagement

South West: Taunton, Bath, and Wells 28-29 September, 16-17 October, and 30-31 October 2017
North East: Beamish, Brampton, and Newcastle 2-3 October, 13-14 November, and 18-19 December 2017
East of England: Luton, Bedford, Newmarket, Duxford, Ipswich, and Stowmarket 20-21 November and 11-12 December 2017, and 8-9 January 2018

GEM intermediate course: heritage interpretation

Liverpool: Monday 18 September 2017, 10.00 – 16.30 (Museum of Liverpool)
Warwick: Wednesday 15 November 2017, 10.00 – 16.30 (British Motor Museum)
London: Thursday 8 February 2017, 10.00 – 16.30 (Kenwood House)

GEM intermediate course: working with artists in heritage settings

Bristol: Friday 6 October 2017, 10.00 – 16.30 (SS Great Britain)
London: Tuesday 21 November 2017, 10.00-16.30 (Foundling Museum)
Leeds: Tuesday 13 February 2018, 10.00-16.30 (East Street Arts)

GEM intermediate course: health and wellbeing

Leicester: Monday 10 July 2017, 10.00-16.00 (Museum Studies, University of Leicester)
London: Monday 27 November 2017, 10.00-16.00 (Design Museum)
Manchester: Wednesday 24 January 2018, 10.00-16.00 (Whitworth Art Gallery)

GEM intermediate course: essentials of leadership

Newcastle: Tuesday 3 October 2017, 10.00-17.00 (Discovery Museum)
London: Monday 4 December 2017, 10.00-17.00 (Museum of London) c) Bristol: Thursday 25 January 2018, 10.00-17.00 (M Shed)

GEM intermediate course: fundraising and income generation

London: Friday 21 September 2017, 09.30-17.00 (Postal Museum)
Leeds: Friday 24 November 2017, 09.30-17.00 (Leeds City Museum) c) York: Friday 26 January 2018, 09.30-17.00 (National Railway Museum)