The Project

“LEM – The Learning Museum” is a network project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig (2010-2013) which aims to establish a permanent network and webspace for museums and adult educators to participate in a learning society and in a knowledge based Europe.

To keep up with change, museums are not only expected to be learning places, but learning organisations themselves: learning from the communities, from the public, from their stakeholders, and also from other agencies, with whom they have to build alliances to accomplish the ambitious objectives set by policies at national and European level and meet the challenges of the future decades.

Starting with 23 partners from 17 European countries and the United States of America, LEM aims to create a 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 national and European level.

It will do so through working groups focusing on specific issues, international conferences and meetings, the publication and dissemination of thematic reports and the piloting of a mobility scheme for museum educators within the partner countries to support peer learning and the exchange of knowledge at European level.

Through its partners and associates, LEM expects to reach the global museum and heritage community and a large part of the adult education sector.

Working groups

Five main themes as listed in the menu, to be developed by the Project Partners and Associate Partners during the project lifetime.

Within the LEM – Learning Museum Network project, Working Groups have been set up to research specific topics and encourage the encounter of and exchange of information among museum professionals in Europe.

Each working group will produce a final report and present their findings at a planned public event.

Participation is open to LEM Partners and Associate Partners.

Topics are:

 WG 1 – New trends in the museums in the 21st century: WG coordinator: National Gallery of Ireland

WG 2 – Museums and the ageing population: WG coordinator: Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning

WG 3 – Audience research, learning styles and visitor relation management: WG coordinator: Cap Sciences and Gallo-Romeins Museum

WG 4 – Museums as learning places: WG coordinator: Upper Austria’s Landesmuseen

WG 5 – Intercultural dialogue: WG coordinator: German Museums Association and Latvian National Museum of Art