This week I returned to Boston after two months in my native Australia. I was happy that the weather is still very pleasant and that my Halloween weekend involved apple picking rather than the wintery mix of last year. Fortunately, the weather is also still beautiful enough to spend the afternoon reading a good book … Continue reading What can I learn about Museum Engagement from Harvard Yard and Michelle Obama?
There are many contentions surrounding museum collections. High profile repatriation and provenance cases such as the Parthenon marbles are frequently discussed both within the sector and in the media. The issues are complex and they continue to reappear as there is no right or wrong answer or a one size fits all fix. Fortunately, some … Continue reading Museums can tell so many stories: My experience at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This week Edutopia reposted an article about student engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron. Heather asked 220 of her eighth grader "What Engages Students?" and uncovered ten common themes. Whilst they are relevant to the eighth grade classroom, they are also applicable to museum visitor engagement and many of the ideas are supported by museum specific research. Below I've elaborated on … Continue reading What is an Engaging Learning Experience?
Last week an article from the Guardian, written by Paul Daley, appeared in my Facebook feed. Motivated by the words; Anzac, nationalism and war, I clicked through. The article discusses the State Library of NSW's recently digitised collection of First World War diaries, however Daley opens with a rather critical reflection of Australia's interpretation of the events and impact … Continue reading Love & Sorrow at Melbourne Museum
Today this popped up in my Facebook feed. http://blogs.aaslh.org/they-took-them-to-a-museum/ Written by Bethany Hawkins from the American Association for State and Local History, it discusses a museum experience in Rwanda learning about the 1994 genocide. It reminded me a lot of the work I do everyday in teaching people about the experiences of the First World War and my visit … Continue reading Museums as Facilitators of Change