GEM and Artswork Launch New On-Demand Course: “Safeguarding for the Heritage Sector”
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by Katya Provornaya
1M ago
The course offers a comprehensive introduction into safeguarding practices, empowering participants with essential knowledge and practical strategies to ensure the wellbeing of young people and adult audiences in museums and heritage sites. Priced at just £25, this flexible course spans 3.5 – 4 hours, allowing professionals to enhance their skills at their convenience. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate issued by Artswork, acknowledging their dedication to creating safe and inclusive spaces within their professional realm. The online course enabl ..read more
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Connecting Museums Across Borders: GEM’s New Mentoring Partnership with NEMO
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by Katya Provornaya
3M ago
We are thrilled to announce a renewed partnership with the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO). This collaboration will involve the establishment of mentoring partnerships for international NEMO members, fostering cross-border connections within the vibrant museum community. NEMO stands out as a dynamic network comprising museum organisations and museums from across Europe, collectively representing over 30,000 museums. NEMO aims to ensure that museums become integral components of European life, advocating for their significance to policymakers and offering valuable opportuniti ..read more
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GEM Conference 2023: “Sensing the Past”
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by Katya Provornaya
9M ago
Many visually impaired people often feel disconnected and isolated from their environment making them one of the most vulnerable groups during the Covid 19 pandemic. Blind and visually impaired people often experience high levels of anxiety when visiting public spaces. “Sensing the Past,” funded by Wessex Museums Partnerships was created to connect participants with a shared interest in an environment where they felt safe and supported. Members of the Dorset Blind Association (DBA) were given two on line talks by Earth Scientist and Wessex Museums Partnership engagement lead Dr Anjana Khatwa a ..read more
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GEM Conference 2023: Big Impacts from Small Changes: Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity at Wakefield Museums & Castles
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by Katya Provornaya
9M ago
Working with colleagues in Wakefield Council and external partners, we have introduced a wide range of measures to make our sites and programming more inclusive, accessible, and welcoming. Accepting that we can’t do everything at once, we’ve committed to making small changes that achieve big impacts for visitors. Background Wakefield Council implemented a new EDI Action Plan in 2022 and as a team, we decided to implement our own Action Plan, which aligned to the wider council plan but included specific actions for our service. An external audit of our displays and interpretation, carried out b ..read more
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Chair of GEM Caroline Marcus took part in selecting the winners of the national Coronation Benches Competition at Historic Royal Palaces
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
© Historic Royal Palaces Schools across the UK have been on the edge of their seats waiting for the winners of the national Coronation Benches competition to be announced. Today, Historic Royal Palaces can reveal that fifteen winners have been selected from over 1,500 fantastic entries, to be developed with global public art producers Wild in Art and installed at the Tower of London during the Coronation celebration. Chair of GEM Caroline Marcus, who was invited to be one of the judges along with Alison Bowyer from Kids in Museums, and Catherine Ritman-Smith from Young V&A, shares her re ..read more
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Careers for all ASMR
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
As part of the Careers for All Programme, the team at Leeds Museums and Galleries wrote a series of ASMR workshops. In this blog, Carl Newbould, Learning and Access Officer, is sharing the insights on using ASMR for engaging SEND-audiences in museums. What is ASMR? Well, that is the question! I had no idea what it was until the topic was brought up in a staff training session. To be honest, I am still unsure if I entirely understand it now. The short answer is ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, meaning an automatic response your brain has towards something you see, feel, sme ..read more
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Working together for health and wellbeing: express your interest to work with GEM & CHWA
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
Should we be funded the six micro grants will be in the region of £10k each, partners will be expected to commit staff time in kind contributions to the project and will be actively involved in the development of an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). Context As health inequalities continue to widen across the UK, museums have a crucial role to play as community assets that can profoundly impact the social determinants of health . For this role to be effective, museum and heritage settings need to be able to build meaningful, long-term relationships with health, social ca ..read more
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GEM Conference 2022 // How to co-curate a school museum: The Iffley Academy & Oxford University’s History of Science Museum
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
The Academy is for children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities. Since 2016, the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GL&M) have collaborated with staff and students from the Oxford-based school to co-develop a programme of creative learning opportunities and project work based around the University’s collections. The exhibition, ‘Curious about Calculation’, features a number of mathematics-based instruments in a museum standard display case including a Chinese abacus, Lightning Adding Machines, and a Britannic Calculating Machine from the HSM w ..read more
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GEM Conference 2022 // How do we contact teachers? Five lessons learnt from the Art Fund Teacher Art Pass Research & Development year 2021-2022
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
If you are a member of the GEM Jiscmail list you will know it has many intriguing, useful and occasionally downright strange threads on museum learning (my favourite has to be the 2003 extended Friday afternoon discussion on sterilising toilet roll centres for workshops). You will also have observed that there are frequent posts all asking a version of the question ‘How do I contact teachers?’. Teachers are highly influential in the lives of pupils everywhere in the UK. Thanks to the generous support of the Clore Duffield Foundation, over the 2021-22 school year at Art Fund we set out to work ..read more
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GEM Conference 2022 // Reconnecting Handling Collections: Schools Learning in Partnership
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by Katya Provornaya
1y ago
The Horniman Museum and Garden’s vast Handling Collection of 3,500 objects has formed the backbone of our successful schools programme for over 30 years. The collection was built with sporadic purchases, deaccessioned objects, and donations. Objects are often made in traditional ways and reflect a bygone way of life (food preparation, survival in extreme temperatures, traditional clothing), yet through our workshops, these objects become the tangible representations of people across the world… we risk sharing reductive and outdated portrayals of these ever-changing communities.   If we t ..read more
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