The Principles of Museum Learning

Professional development course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

What sparks someone's creativity in the museum? How do you facilitate learning amongst all audiences? This six week online course will cover the key considerations in creating varied educational programmes with lasting impact, as well as the administrative tools required for planning, delivery and evaluation.

Using real-life case studies and tangible examples, the course will support you in putting learning into practice in any institution or budget. You will study the methodologies that museums and cultural institutions employ to attract and engage with different audiences and communities, from children, young people and schools, to longer courses for adult learning. Participants will gain an understanding of a broad range of current thinking and critical approaches to learning in the museum, and how to implement efficient evaluation frameworks to reach target audiences.

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Course Leader
Jenny Dunkin

Jenny Dunkin is a museum educator with more than 25 years of experience as a multidisciplinary secondary school teacher. Jenny writes, develops and presents workshops for the V&A’s Schools core programme and supports the museum’s national programmes, including initiatives such as V&A Innovate and DesignLab Nation.

The whole course has been useful, very informative and engaging. Previous Professional Development course attendee

Course overview

Using the V&A’s practical expertise and recent unveiling of Young V&A (The new Museum of Childhood) as a catalyst for discussion, this course offers a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn how a national museum operates programming, events and resources to foster learning in the museum.

V&A staff and expert colleagues from across the UK will discuss their roles and reflect on the constantly changing landscape of pedagogy and education within the museum sector. This online course comprises live presentations, panel discussions, exclusive interviews, and group workshop sessions, designed to create an engaging and interactive experience in whichever time zone you are joining from.


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Professional development course: The Principles of Museum Learning

13 September 2023 - 18 October 2023


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