Monthly Archives: June 2014

Where do you go to my lovely?

Far from being a reference to Peter Sarstedt’s rather stalker-esque pop hit (just Google the lyrics…), this blog post aims to promote an interesting, free, publication from NIACE on how to track learners once they have left you. Whilst this is of direct relevance to providers of formal, accredited adult learning it should also be of interest to all providers in the adult learning and culture sectors as it gives ideas on following (in a non-Peter-Sarstedt way) those adults who have previously engaged in your learning provision.

Now, more than ever, both sectors need to prove “impact”. What better way than to do this than to be able to show key stakeholders (ie funders…) that you know exactly what happened to people immediately after they did some learning with you?

Anyway, it’s not for everyone but I thought it might be interesting. I’m off now to my apartment on the Boulevard of St. Michel to listen to some Rolling Stones records with my mate, Sacha Distel…


Our Museum: Your Future?

As Director of ALACS it was my great pleasure to be invited to Chair the annual peer review conference of the Paul Hamlyn-funded “Our Museum” project. The conference took place in Bristol and ran very smoothly thanks to the organisational skills of the project Director Piotr Bienkowski and Gurdeep Thiara (the power behind the throne…).

The project aims to, over a three year period, change the organisational (and perhaps also philosophical) culture in 8 museums (large and small) from across the UK, with the aim of making them more responsive to, and inclusive of, their communities.

It is a bold project. Not an easy one to deliver but with huge implications for the future of all museums.

Who was it who said “If you love someone, set them free”. I think it was David Cameron. Or Sting. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that one of the key themes that emerged was one of “letting go”. Museums letting go of their instinctive desire to protect and collect. Letting go of their belief that they, and only they, know what is best for their communities.

It was a fascinating conference, greatly enhanced by my superb chairing and timekeeping skills (!) which were aided by the proflagate use of a WWII air raid warden’s rattle from Belfast (ah, how delegates thrilled at it’s harshly wooden ululations. Not!).

Is Our Museum the future of ALL museums?

New (old) kid on the (metaphorical) block

ALACS: Adult Learning and the Culture Sector is a new association of culture and adult learning experts who are itching to make a difference by bringing these two sectors together. In fact we are so new that our website is still in development (just polishing the bumpers and hoovering the carpet before we roll it out of the garage into the blinding flashguns of the educational paparazzi…)

We are so excited that we can’t wait for the website to be ready and we want to start blogging. Sharing our thoughts, dissemminating information re exciting projects and news from across the UK and rest of the EU.

So, here we are, sitting in the garage, revving our engine and waiting for our door to lift.

We hope lots of people become early adopters of this blog. Join in and let’s get some conversations going.

Now, where’s my Twitter account…..?