“To participate is to be permanently uncomfortable” – Museum Educators as Activists

Today’s Guest Post is a thought-provoking video by Robert Janes*, which was premiered during the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) (UK) Conference in 2016. We invite you to take just 30 minutes from your busy day to watch and respond. 

In their introduction to the video, GEM writes:

The video touches on the idea that museums need to move beyond their so-called “neutrality” and tackle the serious issues facing the world.  Do we need to redefine the meaning of education in museums to succeed in doing so?  Although they say it – do museums really believe that education is a key focus of museums?  Is it a challenge to accept a definition of education wider than one of “it’s all about teaching school groups”?  These questions and more may need to be answered.

What do YOU think? How do YOU respond to Bob’s call? We invite you to reply below.


Luca and Bob

* Robert Janes has worked in and around museums for the past 35 years as a director, consultant, author, editor, archaeologist, board member, teacher and volunteer.  He champions museums as important social institutions – capable of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of individuals. He is also the Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

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