Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Let’s go out on a bit of a limb here, it’s a new year and many of us are thinking about how to make the most of it, how to change or make changes, enhance and improve our working lives, our places of work or approaches to work…

So today, we bring you three posts two about museums and one about learning, all linked (see if you can spot the link) all thought provoking and worthy of some reflection

Start here with museum geeks post

My dangerous idea about museums 2013: the greatest threats to museums come from within

then pop over here to @MarDixons post

Random Thoughts for Museums and Visitors

and then settle here for a while, with teacher Maurice Barry’s

Changing Direction

Here’s my dangerous idea: our museums are, our greatest repository’s of our culture and our cultural journeys,  every school should spend at least 25% of their year teaching from within museums and galleries – hands on and direct and in partnership with museum staff – not just an annual day trip but say, a whole week or two! taking over the museum. Oh I can see the museum fraternity shuddering as I type but we have plenty of museums to facilitate this;  just imagine your classroom underneath a dinosaur skeleton, or amongst a room full of historical clothes,  or surrounded by egyptian carvings and paraphenalia – learning, seeing, exploring. If you’re going to dream, dream big.

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It’s been quite a year. We eased in with  Her Majesty The Queens’ jubilee celebrations and swiftly on its heels came the glorious Olympics with an accompanying flurry of cultural olympiad-ness which contrasted with stringent, sweeping cuts to the Arts across the UK.  In schools the talk is all about budgets and keeping up with ever changing legislation and endless guidance documents, in theatres the talk is all about budgets and keeping up with the ever changing funding landscape, it’s a similar story in museums, galleries and libraries. Culture is battening down the hatches. So I was pleased to read in the Guardian about the opening of the ‘book arts centre’ in Hackney; a labour of love by Simon Goode, pity it’s in London, I thought, but… an art centre dedicated to the ancient art of  ‘the book’ – cool! A new art form – ‘book arts’ – double cool!

I bought twenty one books for my daughter’s class this Christmas, one to be opened every day from the first of December until the end of term by way of a creative and educational ‘advent calendar’.  I was secretly delighted to see several of the boys proudly displaying those books to their parents at home time as they took them home ‘on loan’. Books are an ‘aladdins cave’ of mystery, excitement and revelation these days and geek that I am, I still harbour huge excitement at receiving and starting a new book. I’m a self-confessed ‘page turner’.  I met an antiquarian book dealer this Christmas, just the covers alone of his collection of books on British Coin got me salivating, so I’m hoping 2013 may prove to be amongst other things the year of the book.

 

http://londonbookarts.tumblr.com/

http://blog.typoretum.co.uk/2012/10/19/the-london-centre-for-book-arts/

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