Museum and gallery learning in the early years

In March 2020, Engage and GEM, the Group for Education in Museums, teamed up to host an engaging day of talks and case study presentations. Sadly, this event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We were pleased to be able to host an @MuseumHour session on Twitter with GEM on the topic of Early Years on the evening of the planned event.

This is GEM have decided to bring early years highlights from GEM’s Journal of Museum Education #40 to you in bite-sized videos.

Watch this space for new video content each week featuring GEM and Engage educators on best practice in early years museum, gallery and heritage learning.

Thank you to Nicola Wallis, Kate Noble and Lawrence Bradby for all of their incredible work within the scope of this early years partnership.

“Rocky road to chocolate fudge cake: How do we change the outcomes for children across a whole city?” with Kate Fellows 

Kate Fellows (Head of Learning and Access at Leeds Museums and Galleries) uses cakes to explain why museums are not just the ‘sprinkles’ on top! Museums and galleries can help foster long-term strategic partnerships based on a shared understanding of local context and desirable outcomes. In this way they can be a crucial ingredient in making a delicious cake for everyone — a recipe for a fairer society.

A script of the video is available here.

“Curiouser and curiouser: exploring what makes an effective EYFS visit to a museum or gallery in the Tees Valley” with Jo Graham and Claire Pounder

What would an effective museum visit for young children look, sound, and feel like? Eight very different museums from across the Tees Valley worked together with early years educators to research this question. Claire Pounder (Learning Curator, MIMA) and Jo Graham (Learning Consultant) share their findings, and offer provocations to other educators wanting to develop their practice.