Learning by Doing: How Can Museums Inspire Young People? 3/11/2009
YOUNG PEOPLE HELP TO CREATE THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE
Over 100 delegates attended the NMDC/ippr conference Learning by Doing: How museums inspire and engage young people at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle on 12 October. Involving policymakers and practitioners from education, youth services, and museums as well as young people and the community and voluntary sector, this event considered how to make the most of untapped resources, confronting head-on the challenge of engaging and reaching children and young people through learning and cultural opportunities offered by museums and galleries. Evaluation from the event showed participants particularly enjoyed the input from young people. There was also a showcase of good practice from ten museums and a panel discussion with Baroness (Estelle) Morris, Janice Lane from Culture and Sport Glasgow and Sue Wilkinson from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
NMDC and ippr recently published the report Learning to Live: Museums, young people and education, which addresses key questions about the role of museums and other institutes of material culture in young people’s wellbeing and learning.
Presentations from the event can be found on the IPPR website