We help organisations to think about the way in which the interest, value, significance and meaning of the heritage and culture they care for is communicated to people. We understand that to achieve measurable learning outcomes, we need to inspire visitors to focus, engage, question, reflect and come to their own understanding of what an object, site or experience means to them.

Our approach to learning and interpretative planning provides a clear structure for comprehensive coverage of key stories and themes. We offer a framework for detailed planning that can make the most of resources and devise the best means of delivery for different visitor groups and individuals.

We often combine the development of learning and interpretation plans with effective audience development and community engagement strategies, as part of an overall Activity Plan. We can suggest and lead research-based and creative ways of consulting with current and potential visitors, users, partners, volunteers and other key stakeholders.

Through our shared expertise in learning and interpretation, we are confident to contribute to the development of extended partnership projects with a focus on learning, engagement and participation. These projects often follow a shared theme and may include both informal and formal learning programmes, training, mentoring and the involvement of volunteers.


Case Studies

Learning Support

Museum Development Service Commissioned Learning Support   (2011-2012)

 

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Client: Museum Development Service for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire (BOB)

  • The BOB sub-region is made up of the historic counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, including all unitary authorities
  • The Museum Development Programme in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire currently covers over 70 heritage organisations

Project: New Learning Perspectives

  • The project aimed to support 10 museums across BOB to develop their learning offer, including
  • Horizon scanning on changes happening within the museum learning agenda
  • Supporting learning networks
  • Workforce development for example training volunteers to deliver learning programmes
  • Audience development

 

How we helped

We mentored and supported each museum to:

  • evaluate the learning opportunities they currently provide
  • develop new ideas for learning resources and programmes
  • reflect on the skills they already had and those needing development
  • build on areas of strength and make plans for development
  • explore areas where they felt less confident – as an organisation or as an individual
  • share skills and experience with others working in museum learning