News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Designing and Developing Activity Areas in the Europe 1600 – 1800 Galleries

By Lucy Trench, Lead Educator for the Europe 1600–1800 galleries.These galleries, due to open in December 2014, are the next big gallery development after Medieval & Renaissance. When I took on the role of educator, I wondered how we could refresh our usual package of gallery interpretation and also show some of the social and intellectual changes that took place between 1600 and 1800.

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Penfriend and the Furniture Gallery

By Barry Ginley, Disability & Access Officer.Organisations such as the V&A are investigating how to deliver information to a wider audience and make their information more accessible for disabled people. Audio descriptions for the Furniture Gallery have been developed to assist visually impaired visitors to access information downloaded via their own smart phones. With new technology this becomes more achievable, or does it?

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Reaching out to Schools

By Pippa Joiner, Assistant Programme Manager (Schools).

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Take over day at the V&A

Take over day at the V&ABy Rebecca English, Assistant Programme Manager.

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Creative Quarter 2012

By Cara Williams, Schools Programmes Manager.Creative Quarter, the V&A’s flagship event for secondary schools and colleges, took place on Friday 16th November and was attended by 30 schools from around London and further afield. A total of 3,600 young people participated in talks, workshops and drop-in events throughout the day.

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Soft Circuits

By Alex Flowers, Digital Programmes Manager.

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