Museum education officers aim to deliver high quality and dynamic programmes of learning and participation. They ensure that a museum's collections act as a learning resource for all ages. They work both within the galleries or museums and also in a community context
Museum education officers develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals, often designed to engage those who may not normally use the museum or gallery, such as hard to reach young people, young children, older people and families.
Typical work activities
The range of duties carried out by a museum education officer varies depending on the size, finances and outreach policies of each museum, but tasks typically involve:
creating a learning strategy to engage the public in line with the ethos of the museum;
developing programmes of talks, activities and workshops around particular exhibitions or in response to particular themes or annual festivals;
liaising with schools, colleges and teachers to promote the use of the collections and activities of the museum in line with the national curriculum;
creating and developing educational resources for visitors, schools, families and special interest groups;
delivering talks, workshops and activities in partnership with storytellers, craftspeople and artists;
managing programmes, budgets and teams of volunteers;
facilitating history-inspired activities in the local community in response to requests from schools and community groups or to promote particular exhibitions;
collating, analysing and applying feedback on the educational activities provided;
working with other museum staff to develop and market the museum and the events programme;
representing and promoting the museum on external educational bodies in order to establish a network of useful and productive partnerships.
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