Category Archives: Museum Education

Creating meaning in social learning: interpretation

I spent yesterday afternoon in The Hermitage in Amsterdam, a great museum, currently housing an exhibition on Peter the Great, the modernising eighteenth century Russian Tsar. The gallery space is large, well laid out, containing a wide variety of artefacts … Continue reading

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Learning from art: social learning in museums and the difference between virtual and real

Seeking inspiration yesterday, i ventured into the Stedilijk museum in Amsterdam. It promised to help me in two ways: a world class collection of modern art and unlimited free WiFi. The perfect destination. We appreciate art on two levels: the … Continue reading

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Adaptation: a social learning skill

I was at a gig last night at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, a great venue, with it’s brick arches and high ceiling. As the name implies, whilst these days it plays host to assorted musicians, comedians and performers, it’s … Continue reading

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Storytelling in learning: the power of narration

I arrived at the hotel at five to nine, tired from a long drive. The welcoming lights loomed out of the darkness and i was more than ready for a hot meal and maybe a beer by the fire. England … Continue reading

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Learning in museums: how collections ground us in our history.

Museums are the collective memory of society: they are the dusty attic of a nation. They are places to visit with granny on a summer holiday, a place to carry out school projects, a place to understand how things were … Continue reading

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Learning from history: Scott’s polar expedition and the lessons from the past.

There’s a new exhibition going into the Natural History Museum in London about Scott’s ill fated attempt to reach the South Pole in 1912. For polar buffs like me, this will be a great opportunity to see some of the … Continue reading

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How do we learn from art? Observations on interpretation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

I know it’s art, because it’s in a gallery at one of the premiere cultural institutions in the world, but to me it just looks like a pile of bricks. Continuing the American theme as i work my way around … Continue reading

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The truth and the stories that surround it. Fact and fiction in interpretation.

Interpretation is the task of taking physical evidence, documentary evidence and contextual knowledge and using it to tell a story. It’s the process by which we seek to give meaning to archaeological remains, the process by which we seek to … Continue reading

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Exploring the past. How mobile devices are helping to bring history to life.

I’m in London for a couple of days, which has given me plenty of time for walking around, looking at the architecture. One of my favourite activities when staying away from home is to roam around in the evening, with … Continue reading

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Interpreting our military history. The challenges of joining social and industrial historical stories.

I spent part of this afternoon on an aircraft carrier. Not a real one, i should point out, but rather the award winning gallery of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (http://www.fleetairarm.com/aircraft-carrier-experience.aspx). Clearly the holiday destination of every schoolboy in the … Continue reading

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