GEM Foundation Course: Museum Learning 

Current - Course Director 

GEM’s foundation course is intended for people in the first year or so of their museum education career; or for people working in a different area of heritage but wishing to take up an education position. Since it is a work-based course, it is a requirement that applicants are employed or volunteering in the heritage sector. 

There are six full days of seminars, workshops and site visits over a three-month period, and participants then complete a work-based assignment. Participants are encouraged to work together and form a self-help group throughout the course. Each person is assigned a mentor and maintains a work-based reflective journal. 

The topics explored include:

    The context for museum learning today

    Methods of using museum collections and historic sites for learning

    Best practice approaches to museum learning

    Programming for different audiences

    Careers and continuing professional development