Learning across frontiers - international and intuitive
Dr. Nick Winterbotham, Chairman of GEM
(Group for Education in Museums)
Museum learning has come of age. No longer is it sufficient to assume the benefits to the individual of being talked at, even if the subject is backed by collections and academic research. We are far more audience-focused and technique-literate than ever before. The learning is far more likely to be student-centred and tailored to a high standard and we now understand the impact of heritage learning better than at any time before.
It is ironic that in the UK these skills are at risk both from the economics of the day and from the political elite who have outmoded didactic agendas. In my talk I will explore the new understandings that can genuinely transform learning in museums and that reach across frontiers as never before in what we can do, should do and how we might go about it.