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LEM - The Learning Museum Network Project

A permanent network of museums and cultural heritage organisations, to insure that they can play an active role with regard to lifelong learning and to raise awareness among decision makers at European level.

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.

The case of CVO Antwerpen a center for formal and certified adult education reported in by Renfeng Wang [supported by Shihua LI, Liesbeth De Donder, Koen Lombaerts]: How can an adult education center achieve a culture of sustainable individual, social and professional development? How can it better serve the learner, the community, the region and the society? The answer is turning it into an open learning center like Prof. dr Koen de Pryck, principal of CVO Antwerpen explained in an interview allowing to discover what an open learning environment is truly about.

The Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK), welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one-week intensive course. This training opportunity is aimed at museum professionals from other countries, who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences. Participants will learn how to develop programmes for a wide range of groups, from children, young people and schools, through to in-depth courses for adults. They will also learn about developing interpretation and visitor research. The deadline for applications is 8 August 2014.

The ASEMUS Exchange of Museum Educators Grant Programme enhances professional development of museum educators in Asia and Europe and strengthens connections and cultural understanding between the two regions. In this video, Jenny Siung, Head of Education at the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland), introduces the Programme and the opportunities it provides to museum educators. Staff from ASEMUS member museums can take advantage of this scheme to observe the everyday practices of their peers abroad, as well as to exchange, share practices and devise new joint projects.

The 2014 Annual Conference of ICOM’s International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP). Entitled ‘Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession – Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement’, the event takes place in the broader framework of recent debates which challenge hegemonic notions of museology and the conventional approaches to capacity building in museums. It also aims to provide an intensive professional development programme for museum staff in Asia and the Pacific. Call For Papers: Deadline Extended to 25 July 2014

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