Case Studies

GEM’s Case Studies is produced twice yearly in magazine format, during Summer and Winter. Case Studies allows those working in heritage education to share examples of good practice and challenges so that others may benefit from the lessons learned.

All our GEM members receive our bi-annual Case Studies. Find out more about becoming a GEM member.

GEM Case Studies will now be delivered in a new digital format, but print on demand will be available.

Contribute to Case Studies

GEM produces two editions of Case Studies a year. This publication goes out to all GEM members, sharing projects and practice from across the heritage learning sector. It is a great way to shout about your work and get bitesize, inspiring updates on practice to spark ideas, solve problems and invite professional collaboration.

Case Studies is usually not themed, inviting general submissions all year round for the Summer and Winter editions. But special editions can be produced to explore a topic in depth. Previous special editions have included GEM projects and museums and schools partnerships.

This Summer we are releasing a special edition!
Working with DCN, GEM is producing a special edition of Case Studies on the theme of Accessible Heritage for the Summer 2019 edition. This publication aims to advocate the creation of more inclusive and accessible heritage sites and programmes for audiences and practitioners with SEND. We know Gemmers are doing some great work in this area and would love to share your achivements, challenges and ideas to keep this vital part of practice moving forward.

The Case Studies will explore SEND inclusion practices that engage in the long-term, build relationships and empower audiences, moving beyond short-term projects. It will also consider how we can diversify the workforce in terms of physical, sensory and cognitive access.

Due to organisational changes, the Summer 2019 Case Studies has been delayed but will be released in November 2019.

This Winter we are producing a special Case Studies on Early Years.
We aim for Case Studies to be as wide-ranging as possible and are happy to accept any submissions that broadly address the theme.

We advise focusing on challenges, problem-solving, learnings and impact, rather than background and procedure. We would would be especially interested to see submissions written by or in collaboration with disabled and neurodiverse people.

The deadline to submit an article for the January 2020 edition is 13 December 2019.

How to submit
Case Studies are usually submitted via the Case Studies template. However, we are happy to receive submissions in a different form – free text, different headings, notes with images and diagrams, mindmap, etc. – whatever presentation style works for you!

We ask that text does not go above 900 words and that pictures are attached if possible.

If you need any support or assistance in putting a case study together, including any access requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Devon Turner, Communications Manager, on

Please send all submissions in a Word document email attachment to All current submissions will be considering for the winter edition of Case Studies to be published in January 2020.

Sponsoring a Case Studies

If you are interested in sponsoring Case Studies with your own special edition, please contact GEM by email at or phone 01634 816 280.

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