Exploring the V & A

Ref: C2421413

The participants will see objects from the western, eastern, fine art and contemporary collections and will learn about the history of the museum, and its socially inclusive innovations which transformed museum visiting. The role of the museum in influencing industrial design - the origin of the description of the V&A as a "design" museum - will be explored. It is the view of the museum volunteer guides that many people visit the museum in an unfocused way and as a result their experience is less rewarding. Part of the session will be devoted to planning futures their future visits, to gain maximum benefit. The meeting place for this session will be by the main reception desk which is near the Cromwell Rd entrance.

Course aim

Two aims: 1) To acquaint participants about objects in the museum and its history and to enhance future visits 2) To encourage participants to consider volunteering at a gallery, museum or historical house as an act of community engagement

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • The participants will be provided with suggested activities in the museum which they can do at a future time.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the general layout of the V&A and summarise the different types of objects found there
  • Plan a future visit with a specific focus
  • Summarise the history of the museum
  • Consider volunteering at an art gallery, historical house or museum (including V&A)

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • At the start you will receive a handout describing all the objects that you see. Also there will be a list of follow-up activities in the museum, to enhance your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It will helpful to read about the museum before the visit. As well as the many books Information can found on the web site www.vam.ac.uk and through internet searches. You are strongly advised to visit the museum and join one of the free tours. There ten one-hour tours every day.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Information about working as a volunteer at a gallery, museum or historical house will be provided. This will provide personal satisfaction and it an act of community engagement.

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Exploring the V & A

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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