ITEMS wants to support diversity in museums and increase the appreciation of marginalized groups such as migrants or senior citizens. We develop trainings for explainers to increase their awareness of the groups’ needs and wishes. The aim is an improved, more appealing mediation.
Erasmus+ Inclusion Training for Explainers in Museums and Science Centers
Erasmus+ – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices Nationale Agentur beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung NABiBB
- Museologische Forschung
Dr. Lorenz Kampschulte
Leitung Hauptabteilung Bildung
Dr. Laura Verbeek
Wissenschaftliche MitarbeiterinProjekt ITEMS, Bildung
The ITEMS project aims to support and accommodate marginalised and disadvantaged groups such as migrants and seniors. To achieve this, we develop a training and workshop programme that wants to customise the mediation to these groups and to increase empathy and intercultural competence of the explainers. The content is based on a collection of needs and wishes of the two target groups by interviewing organisations and individuals, as well as best practice examples from the international museum community.
Diversity in the museum
It needs more than words to truly become a “museum for everybody”. Through ITEMS, we want to convey ideas and knowledge to explainers how to better incorporate the visitors’ diverse realities of life, and how to create a direct connection between their life and the exhibitions. We want to give more attention to, for example, the wealth of experience that senior citizens possess, and the new perspectives or additional knowledge that the home culture of migrants can lend objects and content.
Evaluation and exchange
The trainings will be accompanied by an international exchange between the explainers of the project partners as well as a detailed evaluation carried out by TUM. This ensures that the knowledge gained can be tested and improved upon ‘on the floor’. The international exchange helps to broaden their horizon and allows for collecting experiences and inspirations elsewhere.
The project in conducted in partnership with Universcience (Paris, France), MUST (Milano, Italy) and Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) and evaluated by TU Munich.