If you are interested in heritage education, you might be interested in the work of GEM, if you don’t already know about it. Their website is at http://www.gem.org.uk/index.php
GEM champions excellence in heritage learning to improve the education, health and well-being of the general public.
GEM believes that involvement with our rich and diverse heritage is an enriching and transformational experience that provides distinctive opportunities for learning. We aim to make that learning accessible, relevant and enjoyable for all.
So if you would like to find out more, there is going to be a meeting of East Midlands GEM, organised by Melissa Maynard of the National Trust:
About: Working with young people
Where: Belton House, Lincolnshire
When: Monday 27 July 2015, 15.00 – 17.30
Join us at Belton House as we explore different ways in which to engage with young people in your setting. Visit the Lest we forget Belton’s Bravest project, funded by the HLF Young Roots programme, and meet members of Belton House’s team of young people as they take part in an archaeological excavation of a First World War site. We will also be joined by Matt Lilley from Focus, a charity based in Leicester who support young people though a range of different volunteering roles (www.focus-charity.co.uk) who will talk about the charity’s work followed by an opportunity to discuss different ways in which we can all support young people in our own venues.
From 17.30 on 27th July in the Old Schoolhouse in Belton, there will also be an opportunity for attendees from Lincolnshire to meet and discuss a new Lincolnshire Heritage Forum education cluster group and what we might want from such a group. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in heritage education to come along and network with like-minded people. Whether you are someone who would like to work with your local school on a heritage project and doesn’t know where to start, or whether you’re a really experienced heritage educator, we’d really like to see you there, and hear about your thoughts and experiences on this subject.
There will be tea/coffee and cake.
If you would like to come to either or both of the events on 27th July, please let me know.