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GEM Advanced Workshop: The Learning Curve – how leading a learning museum can transform your business

Friday 15 February 2019


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Nowadays museum purpose is bound up with the search for resilience; whether strategic, cultural, financial or simply in expertise. To achieve true resilience, the museum must become a learning organisation.

Learning organisations are organisations that understand and optimise learning. This is not just from the point of view of audience activities, but also in how leadership teams and directors learn, behave, act, speak and champion causes worth having. If this is embraced, the rewards for the organisation, its governance and its community are transformational.

GEM’s advanced workshop: The Learning Curve has been developed to support the leading professionals of museums and cultural organisations in building resilience through learning and innovating. By exploring what it means to be a learning organisation, discussing the issues surrounding it and planning for the future, you will discover the rewards of embedding learning throughout your workplace.

In this programme we are exploring how the learning agenda can be viewed in the broadest terms so as to drive purpose, decision-making, fundraising, community engagement, social enterprise, recruitment, leadership structures and good practice for the whole organisation.

So, is yours a learning organisation? Can you afford not to be?

“It reminded me that change in an organisation is a learning experience – and that much management work can be seen in this way. And that is a good way to view learning.” – Past participant

The workshop has been devised and led by Nick Winterbotham, a former director and chief executive of many prestigious museums, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, National Railway Museum, York, and the Museum of East Anglian Life. Nick is now the managing director of Nick Winterbotham & Associates, delivering high quality consultation and training on leadership, heritage learning and team development, amongst other subjects. He says: “My contention is that we should lead all professional teams so as to enable the museum to take its place in the learning agenda for the whole community – visiting, virtual and even non-visiting.”


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