IMA Forum - Education and Outreach


IMA Forums are learning opportunities to share experience of working in museums with colleagues from across the Irish museums sector.

The longest established Forum has a focus on Education and Outreach, held since 2005. It is held in early July each year and is a mix of short papers by members, an invited speaker or group on a particular topic, and plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.


Interested in museum and gallery learning and community engagment? The annual Irish Museums Association Education and Outreach (E+O) forum will take place on the 5 July 2018 at the Lecture theatre, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History. Please note this event books out so early registration is advised.

From projects that explore working with teenagers to women in direct provision, projects at pilot stage to results of final evaluation, or covering disciplines from archaeology to art, the E+O forum is a key event in the calendar for museum and cultural practitioners and educators to meet and discuss topics of interest to their learning and engagement programmes.

It provides an informal platform to reflect and engage with colleagues and is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas, where a lasting contribution can be made to the development of education in the museum context.

Speakers are selected from an open call for papers:

TY with a twist - Gillian Roddie, Education and Learning Manager (Interim), Science Gallery Dublin
Students create for Students. Project space for schools to focus on vocational training - Lucia Taeubler, Head of Museum Education and Customer Services, Kunstmeile Krems
Developing and using Handling Collections to teach about Archaeology - Siobhán Pierce, Education and Outreach Officer - Archaeology & Natural History, National Museum of Ireland
Engaging Mini People in a Mini Space with Minifigures - Julie Burke, Education and Outreach Officer, Marsh’s Library
Engaging with the Troubles - Fiona Baird, Education Officer, Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland
ARTiculation: Art, Artefact and Architecture - Julia Walsh, Education and Outreach Officer, Tipperary County Museum and Josepha Sanna, ARTiculation Outreach, The Roche Court Educational Trust
Building a culture of Visitor Research in Irish Museums and Galleries - Fiona Byrne, Education Manager, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
From Scéal to Storia: Exploring Cultural Heritage in Europe - Aoife Hegarty, Digital Humanities PhD Candidate, University College Cork
Beyond self-confidence: a participatory evaluation of personal change in Science Gallery's Mediators - Katrina Enros, Global Engagement and Insights Manager, Science Gallery International
A Creative Art Project with Women Living in Direct Provision Accommodation - Emma Klemencic, Coordinator - Learn and Explore Programme, and Inge Van Doorslaer, Artist Facilitator, Crawford Art Gallery
Sybil and the Commons: an experiment in opening up collections - Chelsea Canavan, Education and Outreach Assistant, The Hunt Museum

Click here to view schedule, presentation abstracts and speakers' biographies.

Click here to register for this event via Eventbrite (Fee: €15 - €25).

This event will run from 9:30 - 16:00 on the 5 July 2018 at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 1.

The Education and Outreach forum 2018 has been awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage label. #EuropeForCulture #MakingAConnection