Rethinking Learning: Museums and Young People

Practical, inspirational case studies from senior museum and gallery professionals from the UK, USA and Europe. Rethinking Learning: Museums and Young People clearly demonstrates the way in which imaginative, responsive services for children and young people can have a transformational effect on the museum and its visitor profile as a whole.

Case studies recount how – as a direct result of their focus on young people – attendance has increased by 60% in three years; membership has reached record levels; and repeat visits have grown from 30% to 50%. Many of the environments in which these services operate are particularly challenging: areas of London where 160 different languages are spoken; a remote location whose typical visitor has to travel 80 miles; the museum which targets children with challenging physical, mental or behavioural needs – and whose experience demonstrates that museums are uniquely placed to serve them.

This is an essential book not only for those working with children and young people, but for those in any way concerned with museum and gallery policy, strategy, marketing and growth.

Life Zone!
Joanne Bartholomew, Senior Curator, Thackray Museum, Leeds

Childish Thoughts in Museum Education
Alison Lightbown, Head of Learning and Education, Geffrye Museum, London

The History Detectives: A New Approach for a New Curriculum
Daniel Ferguson, Education Officer, Historic Royal Palaces, London

Serving Children When Parents Come Along
Ellen M Rosenthal, President and CEO, Conner Prairie, Fishers, Indiana

Building an Education Programme around Conservation
Emilie Rolland, Learning Officer, Historic Royal Palaces, London

Students and Furniture
Evelien vanden Berghe, Assistant Curator, Hospitaalmuseum, Brugge

A Special Service
Frazer Swift, Head of Learning, Museum of London

Make it Memorable, Exciting and Fun
Lynn Forrest, Education and Events Officer, Stevenage Museum

Using Stories to Enhance Historical Understanding
Mick Anderson, Wolsey Junior School, Croydon

All Fired Up! Learning with Early Years Children
Philippa Wood, Family Learning Officer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Family Business
Tom Downey, President, Children’s Museum of Denver

Young Audiences for Old Collections
Christian Carr, Director, Sweet Briar Museum, Virginia

This is a welcome set of case studies... Anyone involved in museum and heritage learning will find it up-to-date and stimulating.
John Reeve, Chair, Group for Education in Museums | Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education, University of London.

Title: Rethinking Learning: Museums and Young People
Pages: 240
Size: 198 x 129mm
Date: 2009
Edition: £25 [paperback] | £20 [eBook] 
ISBN: 978-0-9561943-0-5 [paperback] 

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