Early Years Partnership Work

Our work on early years in museums, galleries and heritage sites has blossomed into some wonderful projects and partnerships. We’ve recently had the pleasure of teaming up with Engage to present best practice on early years museums practice the sector.


GEM Case Studies #25 focused on Early Years and included valuable contributions from practitioners across the UK including several Engage members. Those individuals were also instrumental in feeding into GEM’s Journal of Museum Education #40.

An engaging day of lighting talks and case studies presentations was planned for the end of March 2020 but sadly had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. You might also remember a @MuseumHour session on Twitter that was jointly hosted by GEM and Engage on engaging the littlest of visitors…

This is why we’ve decided to bring early years highlights from the  Journal of Museum Education #40 to you in bite-sized videos to give a taste of what journal access and GEM membership has to offer.Watch this space for new video content each week featuring GEM and Engage educators on best practice in early years museum, gallery and heritage learning.

A big thanks to Nicola Wallis, Kate Noble and Lawrence Bradby for all of their incredible work within the scope of this early years partnership.

“Rocky road to chocolate fudge cake: How do we change the outcomes for children across a whole city?” with Kate Fellows – Script available here.

“Curiouser and curiouser: exploring what makes an effective EYFS visit to a museum or gallery in the Tees Valley” with Jo Graham and Claire Pounder

“Museum and Gallery Learning in the Early Years, Manchester Art Gallery: Co-designing and space for early years children and service delivery” with Kate McCall and Ruthie Boycott-Garnett

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