GEM is delighted to announce the launch of its new project: A Stronger GEM for a Stronger Sector! We are very grateful for the grant of £68,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of its Resilient Heritage programme.

This project will enable GEM to create effective change, with a renewed organisational vision and structure. GEM will transform its governance; create an effective business plan for the future and support improving relationships and services for all four countries of the UK, enabling GEM to give more effective support to the sector. This 18-month project will support the cost of a project manager, who will take on directorial responsibilities including working closely with GEM’s small staff team, area representatives and Board of Trustees.

GEM will consult with its members across the UK, providing training and development for staff, trustees and the many volunteers, all of whom are an essential part of GEM’s work. GEM will also focus on developing new partnerships and advocacy. This will enable us to more effectively take forward our work to:

  • Support heritage organisations and practitioners in developing and sharing best practice in heritage learning.
  • Develop innovative projects that contribute to sustainable development in heritage learning.
  • Work in partnership to contribute to important government agendas and the cultural economy.
  • Advocate the benefits of heritage learning in terms of individual and social welfare.

Caroline Marcus, Chair of GEM’s Board of Trustees comments…

“This is fantastic news for GEM and for the sector. A strengthened GEM will be better positioned to support everyone delivering learning programmes in museums and heritage settings. Engaging and inspiring learning can be transformative. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can continue to support every museum in the UK to develop its learning offer for a wider range of people to enjoy.”

Our supporters say…

Throughout my career, I have witnessed the essential role GEM has played in promoting the value of museums and heritage sites as educational institutions. GEM provides a valuable and much needed network for all museum professionals involved in learning in museums. GEM has a role to play in supporting museums to connect with their local communities and engage a broad range of people in heritage.” David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

“GEM is the beating heart of museum and heritage learning, in a sector that has changed almost beyond recognition during the past 20 years, since I started in the profession; it has continued to champion the needs of our sector and our audiences against a relentless tide of budgetary cuts and changing sector priorities. This is why I feel passionately about the need to future proof GEM as an organisation, ensuring its long-term resilience and sustainability.” Jane Avison, Heritage Learning Business Manager & Head of Learning, Hull Museums