Museum and gallery learning in the early years

In response to the latest government guidance relating to COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), this event has been cancelled.

Please note that we will still be hosting the upcoming Museum Hour on the topic of Early Years, 30 March 2020, 20:00-21:00 (GMT). We encourage you to join the conversation and to share your ideas and resources during this online discussion. 

Evidencing, understanding and reflecting

Co-hosted by GEM, the Group for Education in Museums, this event will launch the latest issue of the Journal for Education in Museums, and a special issue of GEM’s Case Studies, both of which focus on work with young children in museums and galleries.

It will include presentations by colleagues from Kettle’s Yard, Manchester Art Gallery, MIMA, and Leeds Museums and Galleries. Attendees will also be able to attend a workshop, training session or case study presentations during the breakout sessions.

This event is free for Engage and GEM members, £5 for non-members. Lunch is available for £5 per person.

Event programme

When What Who and Where
10:00 am Welcome

Clore Learning Studio

Kettle’s Yard Team
Kate Noble, Nicola Wallis, Lawrence Bradby
10:20 am – 11:00 am Curiouser and curiouser — exploring what makes an effective EYFS visit to a museum or gallery in the Tees Valley

Manchester Art Gallery: Co-designing and space for early years children and service delivery
Jo Graham Tees Valley Making a Mark Partnership and Learning Unlimited, Claire Pounder MIMA

Katy McCall and Ruthie
Boycott-Garnett Manchester Art Gallery
11:00 am – 11:20 am Tea and CoffeeServed in Welcome Area, spaces for play, mingling and discussion between galleries.
11:20 am – 11:40 am Rocky road to chocolate fudge cake: how do we change the outcomes for children across a whole city? Kate Fellows
Leeds Museums and Galleries
11:40 amDiscussion amongst participants
11:50 am -12:10 pmPanel questionsSpeakers and Kate Noble, Nicola Wallis, Lawrence Bradby
12:10 pm – 1:00 pmLunchWelcome Area / Café / Gallery Foyers
12:40 pm – 1:00 pmKettle’s Yard House ToursKettle’s Yard
1:00 pm – 1:55 pmBreak Out Session 1 Please see below for session details
1:55 pm – 2:05 pmTea and Coffee Welcome Area
2:05 pm – 3:00 pmBreak Out Session 2 (repeated from above) Please see below for session details
3:00 pm – 3:30 pmFinal thoughts

GEM news and updates
Engage news and updates
Kate Noble, Nicola Wallis, Lawrence Bradby
Clore Learning Studio

Rachel Tranter

There will be copies of the GEM Early Years Special Issue and Case Studies and the opportunity to buy copies of the new book by Hackett, A, Holmes, R & MacRae, C, Working with young children in museums; weaving theory and practice, published by Routledge, 2020. Previous issues of the Engage Journal will also be available.

Details of break out sessions

Lightning Talks A

A series of Lightning talks from GEM Case Study contributors:

  • Kate Mail, Historic Royal Palaces: Once Upon a Time at Hampton Court Palace: Working to Transform “a lovely day out” into a valuable learning experience for under 5s
  • Alex Bogard, Pallant House Gallery: A New Direction: Early Years workshops at Pallant House Gallery
  • Amy Baird, Great North Museum: Learning to Play Together in the Museum
  • Emma Spencer, Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Welcoming the Artists of the Future
  • Nicola Wallis, Fitzwilliam Museum: Creative Families: Talking Together at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Lightning Talks B

A series of Lightning talks from GEM Case Study contributors:

  • Sam Weerasinghe, Mindfulness Practitioner: Baby Mindful at Orleans House Gallery
  • Debbie Goldsmith, Tate Liverpool: East Prescot Road School Residency
  • Victoria Smith, Museum of London Docklands: Treasures of the Museum
  • Lawrence Bradby, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: Story Pot: co-created stories improvised in response to artworks in the gallery

Workshop: Kettle’s Yard — Play and Picture Books

Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s recent early years literacy project. Play with the works of Alfred Wallis through stories and making, and hear about how the learning team have built their own picture book in collaboration with local families.

Training: Supporting Literacy for Early Years

Hear from Helen Wootton, Early Years Literacy Adviser for Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years Service, on how you can support speech, language and communication development with under 4s and try out a range of approaches.

Access information

The event will be fully wheelchair accessible and if anyone has any further access requirements we will do our utmost to accommodate them.

For more information on access at Kettle’s Yard click here.