Museum Educator's Handbook

Museum Educator's Handbook


By (author) Graeme K. Talboys

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 22mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409401529
  • ISBN 13: 9781409401520
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes 4 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 566,658

Product description

Described by GEM (Group for Education in Musuems) as 'a very informative and practical book...worth having on any museum shelf', the "Museum Educator's Handbook" is a thorough and practical guide to setting up and running education services in all types of museum, even the smallest, in any geographical setting. This third edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the increased emphasis on the role of museums at all levels of education, from schools to further and higher education. There are new sections which deal with the importance of risk assessment and quality assessment, as well as guidance on the prevalent use of policy documents and new marketing methods.

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Author information

Graeme K. Talboys has a degree in philosophy and education as well as a teaching qualification. He has considerable experience as a teacher, community education worker, and museum education officer.

Review quote

Review of the second edition: 'Talboys displays great insight into and knowledge of the workings of museums and the place of education there ... His first two books are standard texts in the UK on the educational role of museums and that this is the second edition of the Museum Educator's Handbook speaks volumes to its popularity. This guide has considerable merit, and is of particular interest to those in smaller museums embarking on the establishment of a structured education program and looking to promote education as a key component in museum practices.' Robbie Poynter, Museums Australia Magazine

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction; The educational role of museums; Why provide education services?; The museum educator; Setting up - background research; Risk management; Producing policy and other constitutional documents; User groups; Marketing networks and the user relationship; Educational provision - the basics; Information and indirect services; Direct services; Outreach; Loan services; The school curriculum; Logistics; Resourcing and funding; Afterword; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.