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 (and not so good) practice 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 Careers for the Summer 2019 edition. We know that diversity breeds innovation and that inclusion is our responsibility. This publication aims to advocate the creation of more inclusive recruitment procedures and workplace practices, to open the heritage sector for the huge pool of disabled and neurodiverse talent currently facing barriers to employment.

It will explore schemes to diversify the workforce in terms of physical, sensory and cognitive access; personal experiences of disabled and neurodiverse professionals; the impact of working with a more diverse workforce; and advice for taking the next steps in making heritage careers and workplaces accessible.

What are we looking for?
We aim for Case Studies to be as wide-ranging as possible and are happy to accept any submissions that broadly address the theme. This includes access and inclusion with audiences, if that work is supporting participant progression beyond the project.

We advise focusing on challenges, problem-solving, learnings and impact, rather than background and procedure. Case studies should not shy away from discussing challenges, but please bear in mind this publication is intended to advocate, so a positive tone is preferable.
We would like to see submissions written by or in collaboration with disabled and neurodiverse people.

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 Holly Bee, GEM Education and Communications Manager, on holly@gem.org.uk.

Please send all submissions in a Word document email attachment to office@gem.org.uk by Monday 8 July 2019. This edition of Case Studies will be published in Summer 2019 in time for the GEM Conference, 11-13 September 2019.

Sponsoring a Case Studies

If you are interested in sponsoring Case Studies with your own special edition, please contact GEM by email at office@gem.org.uk or phone 01634 853 424.

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