Museum education officers forge links between visitors and museums and encourage learning through formal or informal education, marketing and publicity.
Museum education officers develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and events for classes, groups or individuals, often designed to engage those who may not normally use the museum or gallery, such as hard to reach young people, young children, older people and families.
Employers of museum education officers
- Public sector organizations
- Local authorities
- Private collectors
- Independent museums and galleries
- create a learning strategy to engage the public in line with the ethos of the museum;
- develop programmes of talks, activities and workshops around particular exhibitions or in response to particular themes or annual festivals;
- liaise with schools, colleges and teachers to promote the use of the collections and activities of the museum in line with the national curriculum;
- directly teach school groups museum education in line with the school syllabus;
- create and develop educational resources for visitors, schools, families and special interest groups;
- deliver talks, workshops and activities in partnership with storytellers, craftspeople and artists;
- manage programmes, budgets and teams of volunteers;
- facilitate history-inspired activities in the local community in response to requests from schools and community groups or to promote particular exhibitions;
- collate, analyze and apply feedback on the educational activities provided;
- work with other museum staff to develop and market the museum and the events programme;
- represent and promote the museum on external educational bodies in order to establish a network of useful and productive partnerships.
You will need a degree to work as a museum education officer. A degree in the following subjects is particularly relevant:
- archive and museum studies;
- community education;
- cultural studies;
- environmental science;
- fine art;
- history of art.
- enthusiasm, passion, curiosity and an interest in the museum sector;
- good communication skills, both written and oral;
- confidence in dealing with the public and addressing groups of people – any experience gained as a teacher, community or youth worker is useful;
- teaching skills to plan and deliver education activities in an engaging manner;
- imagination and creativity for designing participation activities and learning resources;
- commitment to working with adults, families, young people (including groups of schoolchildren) and special needs groups;
- ability to manage volunteers, budgets and resources;
- team working skills;
- self-motivation and the ability to work independently;
- good organizational and administration skills;
- knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and disability issues.