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Review of formal learning in the museum sector

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Arts Council of England are seeking research on the following issue:

Museum learning has a vital role to play in the cultural education of children and young people. Yet, in the current financial climate learning provision in museums is under pressure from funding reductions, reduced staffing and limited resources. Specific programmes and funding such as Arts Council England’s Museums and Schools programme (funded by DfE) is targeting provision in areas of low engagement, but there is a perception that learning provision in general is being reduced within museums. There is a need for a ‘state of the sector’ report into learning to identify gaps and best practice and support sustainability and development of learning in the museum sector.

This is a research contract and the research aims to answer four key questions. A key thread that weaves through this research is the sustainability of the learning offer and the factors that influence this. Research should explore these factors, which we believe include but are not limited to:

• Financial and political climate

• National Curriculum

• Leadership (organisation and sector)

• The Cultural Education Challenge

Deadline for proposals: 4 January

Funding available: up to £40,000

For more information, please email

For more information on bidding for tenders, see:



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