How can museum educators and higher education tutors enhance the way HE students use museums? There are many examples in the UK of museums and universities working together in productive and innovative ways, but these relationships tend to be based on individual enthusiasm and opportunistic arrangements. Despite the growing importance of museum education departments, higher education tends to be overlooked by museums. This book looks at the interaction between design students and museums, and explores issues, projects and emerging ideas about how museums can better support HE students. It illustrates the general lessons that can be learnt, both strategic and practical, which can help to bring about long-term and constructive relationships between museums and universities in order to enable effective student learning.
Beth Cook, Rebecca Reynolds and Catherine Speight are researchers working for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD), based at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
'This book sets in motion a long-overdue exploration of the relationship between museums and art and design education. Museum professionals, academics, artists and designers will find a penetrating consideration of educational theory, its practical application, and critical evaluation. The authors offer an inspired and rigorous investigation into the myriad ways learning from objects can inform critical thinking and creative practice.' Sarah Ganz Blythe, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, USA 'This is a thorough, detailed and sophisticated book, which will prove a very valuable contribution to a neglected area of museum work'. Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester, UK 'As Morna Hinton notes in the preface this informative and insightful book provides the necessary research and descriptions of best practice to encourage the development of long-term, sustainable, and constructive relationships between museums and universities to the benefit of student learning. While the text focuses on how museums can direct and support the learning of design students, the approaches it presents would advance learning opportunities for all art students and higher education students in general'. Toby Tannenbaum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA