I am the Head of Learning Services at the V&A. My role on the Project Team is to ensure that the wider staff of the Learning and Interpretation Division feed their ideas into our plans for learning programmes and displays in the Sackler Centre. In particular, I am putting together the opening programme of events. I am really excited about the expanded facilities we will have, enabling more people to engage creatively with our collections.
We already offer a wide range of educational activities from art events for families at the weekends to study days and courses for adults. The V&A is the National Museum of Art and Design and our collections are the starting point for all of these. Whenever possible we run activities in the galleries alongside the objects. However, sometimes other spaces are needed, for example when visitors use art materials or photographic and digital techniques to create their own work. Also it helps to have a more intimate place for discussion than a public gallery, or a safe quiet place for the close study and handling of objects. The spaces we currently use are scattered around the museum which can make running a programme difficult and they are also a bit out of date and not very well equipped or comfortable to use.
The Digital Studio, shown here, is one of our most exciting new spaces. It will have the latest equipment for making the most of technology in learning and teaching about art, craft and design.