Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

If you missed the opportunity to sign-up for our highly successful, free online course, ‘Behind the Scenes in the 21st Century Museum’, then fear not, the six-week, online course is back and will run again from Monday 18th January 2016.

Developed in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and FutureLearn, the course explores some of the issues facing the contemporary museum as well as showcasing the latest teaching and research from the School of Museum Studies, accompanied by cutting-edge case studies from National Museums Liverpool, one of the UK’s most forward looking museum services.

Over the six weeks, the course explores issues such how museums can engage with new audiences, how they can contribute to issues of social justice, human rights and health and wellbeing and how museums (and museum visitors) operate at an emotional level and what that means for museum staff.

The course, which requires a minimum of two hours study per week, offers a wealth of online video and audio content, but most importantly gives you the opportunity to join the conversation with thousands of other learners from around the world. The first run of the course saw over 11,000 people sign up from all over the world. Between them they posted in excess of 44,000 comments.

The discussion was lively (to say the least) and we were delighted to hear such a range of thoughts and opinions from our learners. It was quite clear that our learners did not always agree with us, but that is what made the course so exciting for us and the thousands of participating learners who engaged in the online discussions.

Already thousands of people have signed up for the course’s next run. Join in the conversation!