GEM Conference 2023 Programme

Wednesday 13th September

9:15 – 10:00 Registration. Tea, coffee and pastries
10:00 – 10:10 GEM Welcome
10:10 – 10:30 Keynote

Paul Barnard, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Ambitious and Quality Learning Programmes at Chatham Historic Dockyard

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote

Emmie Kell, Arts Council England

How Learning in Museums Can Be at the Heart of Arts Council’s Strategy “Let’s Create”

11:00 – 11:10 Comfort break
11:10 – 11:40 Members’ presentations

Building Safe Spaces for all, with all, Katie Cassells, Royal Museums Greenwich

Playful Science Learning Through Children’s Storybooks, Rebecca Olajide, Madeline Stanley, Science Museum Group

11:40 – 12:00 Keynote

Sam Cairns, Art Fund

Teacher Art Pass

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Keynote

Gary Younge, University of Manchester

Migration & Windrush

13:45 – 14:35 Members’ presentations

Co-production with YP: an equitable and inclusive model? Hanouf Al-Alawi, Katie Douglas, The British Museum

Up Close and Professional – transforming engagement with teachers, Louise Rice, National Museums Northern Ireland

This is Now – Radical Work Experience with Dorset Museum, Emma Talbot, Dorset Museum

ART NOW – amplifying SEND student voice and agency with Kettle’s Yard, Helen Creber, Kettle’s Yard

14:45 – 15:00 Tea & coffee
15:00 – 16:00 Workshops (in person only)

Archives and Oracy: Co-creating inclusive and engaging educational experiences for A-level students, Gillian Johnston, Newcastle University Library, Denise Greany, Learning Officer, National Civil War Centre  Donna Hall, Learning Officer, National Civil War Centre

Decoding Independent Learning, Liz Mitchell, Lily Dean, Bletchley Park

Co-creation in an arts project with and for adoptive parents, Diane Saxon, The Art House, Wakefield, Dr Jessica Bradley, Lecturer in Literacies, School of Education, University of Sheffield;   Kelly Amoss, Director, Seaglass Collective

Fair recruitment workshop, Louise McAward-White, Fair Museum Jobs

Ensuring high quality educational programmes for schools, Anne Hunt and Andy Taylor, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

How will we inspire the next generation, but also all generations, into being the ambitious and capable learners they need to be through exploring the richness of their cultural heritage post Covid, during difficult times, Susan EL Davies, Nick Winterbotham, Issy Benavides, GEM Cymru

Let’s talk about apprenticeships and work-based learning: how do they work and how to support young people to succeed, Jenny Pistella, Westminster Adult Education Service, Beth Atkinson, London Transport Museum

Squiggly Careers, Liz Fraser-Betts. This workshop will empower you to design your own career toolkit helping you to develop in the way you choose. 

16:15 – 16:45




16:45 – 17:00


Dr Bernadette Lynch

“We Are Agents of Our Own Change”: Museums and Solidarity in Action



Prof Richard Sandell, University of Leicester, EJ Scott

Guidance on Trans-inclusive Practice for UK Museums, Galleries and Heritage Organisations

17:10 – 18:10 Evening social

Call the Midwife Tour (optional)

18:00 – 20:00 Dinner get togethers

Thursday 14th September

9:15 – 10:00 Registration. Tea, coffee and pastries
10:00 – 10:05 GEM Welcome
10:05 – 10:25 Keynote

Paul Cowell, Medway Council

“Culture Makes the Place” – How Strategic Partnerships, Creativity and Community Engagement Can Contribute to Place Making

10:25 – 10:50 Keynote

Sam Allen, Creative Arts Social

Being Ambitious About Anti-Racism

10:50 – 11:00 Comfort break
11:00 – 11:30 Members’ Presentations

Sophia’s Story – How the Brunel Museum is tackling stereotyping and representation, Gabriella Codastefano, The Brunel Museum

Inclusive Judaism: From Communities to Classrooms, Eliana Mendelsohn, The Jewish Museum

From ambition to action – starting from scratch, Helen Otterwell, Jersey Heritage

11:30 – 11:45 Comfort break
11:45  – 12:10 Keynote

David Cutler, the Baring Foundation, Clara Shield, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Creatively Minded at the Museum

12:10 – 12:35 GEM AGM

GEM and the new Curriculum for Wales, Robin Johnson, GEM Consultant (Curriculum for Wales Consultation and Training)

12:35 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:00 Site visits (select one option)

·      Chatham Historic Dockyard tour with a focus on its learning programme

·      Royal Engineers Museum with a focus on working with a Sudanese archive & industrial history (bridge making)

·      The Rochester Guildhall Museum tour with a focus on innovation in learning

·      Self-guided Dockyard trails (to explore on your own at your own pace)

·      Online delegates: virtual tours of the Dockyard with the learning team

16:00 – 17:00 Film Screening

Unlocking the collections’ : Sensory drama projects with Museum of London Docklands and Portland Basin Museum, Alison Hale, Peoplescape Theatre

Six the Musical at the V&A, Caroline Marcus, GEM Chair, SIX the Musical Her-story Consultant

“We’re Making History”: Co-production, Community and Place, Gemma Wright, Tara Johnston-Comerford, Warwick Arts Centre

17:00 – 19:00 Evening social

Drinks and pub quiz on HMS Gannet

Friday 15th September

9:15 – 10:00 Registration. Tea, coffee and pastries
10:00 – 10:05 GEM Welcome
10:05 – 10:30 Keynote

Michael Maddison, Heritage Education Trust

Inclusive, Quality Programmes For All – How the Sandford Award Can Help

10:30 – 11:15 Panel Discussion

Early Years – the Best Investment

  • Catherine Ritman Smith, Young V&A
  • Holly Rumble, University of Dundee
  • Nicola Wallis, The Fitzwilliam Museum
11:15 – 11:30 Tea and coffee
11:30 – 12:30 Members’ presentations

Bringing up Baby: Creating a Museum Social Prescription Programme Centred on Babies and their Carers, Amy Hoose, the Ashmolean

Can self-led museum learning experiences cultivate feeling connected and mindfulness amongst adult visitors? Lauren Campbell, University of Glasgow/Open Mind-Ed/Royal Cornwall Museum

Ambitious & Inclusive: The Potential Role of Museums & Galleries in Improving Attitudes towards Mathematics, Tom Briggs, TKB Maths & Museums

Southbank Centre Future Exhibition Makers: Opening Up Visual Arts and Heritage, Sophie Ransby, Miles Clemson, Southbank Centre

Nature for Nurture: building wellbeing and resilience through school gardening, Ceri Fox, Annette McCartney, Historic Royal Palaces

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Workshops (in person only)

Giving voice to people with Complex needs through ASMR, Carl Newbould, Eve Phethean, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Breaking out of the Silo: Placing participatory practice at the heart of the museum, Kate Noble, David Farrell-Banks, Ruth Clarke, Molly Stock-Duerdoth, the Fitzwilliam Museum

Mapping: Inclusion, Quality and Engagement, Jean Campbell, Meera Chauda

Unlocking Paintings with Participatory Action Research, Kelly Robinson, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Rowena Hay, Research Director Shortwork

WhatsApp focus groups – Consulting teachers virtually on a quality schools offer, Ally Beckett, Barnsley Museums

Engaging with nature: reflective practice, ecology and wellbeing working with schools, Rosalyn Wade, Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Creating open ended craft activities for SEND audiences, Sam Bowen, Martin Crowther, SEND in Museums

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote

Stuart McLeod, NLHF

Heritage 2033: Investing in Inclusion, Access and Participation Over the Next 10 Years

15:15 – 16:15 Members’ presentations

Balancing Competing Values in Museums, Michelle Moubarak, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge/ Canterbury City Council

Sustainable Steam – addressing our environmental past, present and future through new learning programmes, Emma Canterbury, London Museum of Water & Steam

Right Costume, Right Place: Engagement and Inclusion Through Costume, Meridith Towne

Assessing public learning and the link to public engagement, Sarah Mellor, the Deep

All Change!- A biology and PSHCE workshop, Hannah Jones, Thackray Museum of Medicine

16:15 – 16:30 Wrap up

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