LEM - The Learning Museum Network Project
This space provides visitors the opportunity to learn about museums and lifelong learning, to exchange ideas, information and materials, as well as to find out more about the project. We encourage visitors to participate in discussions available on the website.
It is apparent museums in the 21st century can play an active role in lifelong learning society by integrating collections, spaces and learning programmes into a new joined up framework that connects formal and informal learning providers, increasing access to cultural life and fostering social cohesion, innovation and creativity. The LEM - Learning Museum Network project aims to create a permanent network of museums and cultural heritage organisations and address the challenges of the EU 2020 Strategy and to play an active role with regard to lifelong learning.
Museums have a vital role to play in changing society's attitude to disability; our archives don't just speak, they shout about it. An article published in The Guardian by Richard Sandell and Jocelyn Dodd, from the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG). They have been working closely with artist and performer Mat Fraser for the past two years in performances to explore the role that medical thinking and practice has played in shaping attitudes towards differences, and aim to challenge the way we think about disability.
The careNET Consortium is inviting organisations outside the Consortium and potentially from other countries to join an Open Pilot experience. It is an open and free possibility for home care service providers or other organisations dealing with home care workers or older people as receivers of home care to take part in a pilot exercise. Organisations joining the pilot will receive full access to the key outputs of the project including the map of domains of competences, learning path and learning resources, and other tools of the Virtual Learning Environment.
Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow recently delivered the keynote address for the 2014 Museums and the Web Conference in Florence. The talk was called "GLAM (galleries, museums, archives and libraries) and the Free World." This brief post includes highlights from the talk, and a link to more comprehensive notes.
Among Doctorow's remarks: "curators and archivists more needed than ever, now that we are all archiving and curating all the live-long day," as well as "Archives and DRM go together like rare book collections and flamethrowers."
Extend 2014-15 is a cross-artform leadership programme for mid-career professionals working in learning and education. Applications for the 2014-15 Extend Leadership Programme are now open to candidates working in learning and education across all art forms and to professionals working in museums, libraries and heritage who meet the eligibility criteria. There are up to 15 places available for the 2014-15 Programme, and the deadline for applications is Monday 17 March 2014 at 10am. Engage is very eager to attract as diverse a range of participants as possible.