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A two-day workshop exploring object-centred teaching and learning practices within university settings and beyond.

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We are delighted to invite you to attend this two-day workshop exploring object-centred teaching and learning practices. It includes:

  • insights from experienced museum and university practitioners working with collections;
  • practical sessions where participants will experience different aspects of object-based learning and teaching;
  • reflections from researchers studying and teaching with material culture across a range of contexts; and
  • discussion of the issues involved when students learn from historic artefacts.

A blend of presentations, workshops and short talks will explore:

  • useful theories, concepts and boundaries;
  • the history and continued relevance of teaching collections in museums, universities and learned societies;
  • ways of acknowledging and incorporating tacit knowledge about objects;
  • personal experiences of planning academic modules, and the challenges involved; and
  • issues of identity, community, and our responsibilities as educators.

Speakers include Subhadra Das, Curator of Teaching and Research Collections at UCL; Jim Harris, Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean; and Marenka Odlum-Thompson, Research Associate on the Labelling Matters project at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Find the draft programme here. Please note that this could change. The full programme will be sent to all registrants by 24th November.

We aim to make this event as inclusive and accessible as possible. Sessions will be captioned and most of them will be recorded. If you have any specific needs please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Organisers: Nicola Froggatt, Rosanna Evans, Mary McMahon, Sue Newell

Event supported by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership consortium

Image: (c) Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Alt text: Two people use historic microscopes at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

Our event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, experience, or religion (or lack thereof). Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers, and appropriate legal action will be taken against violators where applicable.

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