Category Archives: Museum learning

New curatorial opportunity launched by the Art Fund

The Headley Fellowships are part of an ongoing initiative by the Art Fund to encourage the development of UK collections expertise, and are intended to give curators – especially those based in smaller or regional museums – the time and resource to work with focused areas of their collections, deepening expertise within their museum and sharing specialist knowledge both with the public and across the sector.

The programme is open to mid-career and senior curators, and those with curatorial responsibility, and practically will give curators time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to embark on a bespoke period of research and development. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund aim to encourage the production of ambitious and high-quality museum projects which have collections at their core, while investing in museums across the UK and their curators, helping them to realise exceptional ideas for communicating with a spectrum of audiences.

Full details on the aims and scope of the scheme can be found at

Applications are open now with a deadline of 15 October.

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Here are details of  an Online Intensive Teaching and Learning course being offered by Frances Thapen of Targeted Curriculum Solutions.

The course is run entirely online, providing a supportive environment for all members as they work and train together. Elements of the training include:

  • An online forum, hosting live training sessions, learning resources and discussion threads.
  • Integrated learning, members will apply what they learn online to their work and then reflect and feedback to the group.
  • All elements of teaching and learning are covered over 4 weeks of training.
  • Activities each week to aid implementation of learning.

As well as the four weeks of learning members will be enrolled into the Exceptional Museum Educators’ Club to maintain contact and support with like-minded professionals once the training is complete.

Due to the nature of this course it is ideal for museum educators who work in small departments or isolated locations, where training days can be disruptive to their daily schedule.

The course is being  course at £200 for any bookings taken during February. Don’t miss out!

Click on the link to find out more information



ABTEM’s latest seminar to be held at the Museum of Liverpool on 26th June will concentrate on developing and working with new, existing and hard to reach audiences and will include a session from Jo Reilly, Head of  Participation & Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund who will give practical guidance on developing activity plans and public consultation.

The day will also include some case studies from museums including the National Motor Museum that have developed community and lifelong learning projects that will hopefully provide inspiration and ideas for museums and collections of all sizes. There will also be the opportunity to spend time looking at the award-winning displays at the Museum of Liverpool.

This seminar supported by funding from Arts Council England is FREE and places can be booked at:


The Children in Museums Award has been established by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums to recognise internationally excellence and innovation in exhibits designed for children within the museum sector. Applications are welcomed from children’s museums and from learning departments in museums and science museums, both long-established and recently opened.

The Jury is looking especially for the creative use of exhibitions and programmes with an innovative interpretative approach, which should be meaningful to the relevant age-group.  The Jury will expect proof and examples of your innovative approach and aesthetic qualities,, open-ended learning programme, excellence that can be acknowledged by children.

The closing date for entries is 1 February 2015.

For further background information, see the websites: and

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