The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Planning and Designing for Children and Families: An International Online Seminar

When? Wednesday 24 March
Where? Your office or anywhere you are!

How can museums and galleries best reach out and make themselves, their exhibitions and their spaces accessible to family audiences - especially those with young children?

Join us on 24 March for an International Online Seminar with specialist exhibition consultant Dr Vicky Cave and Heather Nielsen, Manager of Community and Family Programs at the Denver Art Museum.

Vicky has over 17 years' exhibition development experience, having worked with the Science Museum, Explore@Bristol, the National Maritime Museum and Eureka! The Museum for Children. She has also undertaken important research studies for strategic organisations including NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Heather, with 15 years' museum experience, oversees the DAM's acclaimed Backpack programme, and has developed family initiatives to include programs for families with toddlers. She previously worked as a Museum Educator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She has conducted teacher training, taught graduate courses in Museum Education, and has served as a consultant on national and international museum projects.

What you'll learn
The seminar will draw on both practical experience and research studies and as a result you'll learn:
* how to include your target audience in the development process;
* how to design in factors which positively influence your visitors’ behaviour;
* what elements children and families find welcoming in galleries and exhibitions;
* how to use "story-building" to positive effect;
* how to incorporate elements which encourage communication within families;
* how to ensure the needs and interests of your audience feature in your exhibition planning.

The seminar will be highly interactive and you'll be able to pinpoint in advance particular issues you’d like Vicky and Heather to explore, and ask questions to get the information you need to address your organisation's challenges.

Extraordinary value and convenience
The seminar gives you access to unique advice, information and inspiration - from the comfort of your laptop or desktop computer. No travel time or expense involved!

Planning and Designing for Children and Families is terrific value at just £47 (Limited Time Early-Bird Rate). And that's not just for one delegate... you can participate with a group of your colleagues at no extra cost! Your fee also includes access to the recording of the event, and also the ability to share the recorded experience with your colleagues - all inclusive.

To register, and for more information, please visit: www.museumsetc.com/?p=2567.

I hope you'll join us for what promises to be a very stimulating event!

Graeme Farnell
MuseumsEtc

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