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Evaluating the Visitor Experience at ‘The Collection’, Lincoln.
Write a Short Description of the Museum, It’s Collection and It’s Approach to the Visitor Experience for:
• A General Audience
• An Academic Audience
• Primary/Secondary School Teachers
• Children
In recent years museums have begun to re-examine what education means for them and there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of all kinds of learning within museums, connecting community and inspiring both children and adults.
In 2006, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills launched ‘The Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto. Its aim, to ensure that all young people have a variety of high quality learning experiences in informal environments and while cultural learning is promoted as a key part of a broad and balanced education, ‘children should expect to be given a rich menu of cultural experiences’.1 Department for Education, The Importance of Teaching: The Schools White Paper, 2010. https://www. system/uploads/attachment_data/ fle/175429/CM-7980.pdf
The education system did not prioritize cultural learning and opportunities were not equally available for all children. Although teachers value cultural learning, ‘they are hampered by systematic pressures that are outside of their control’.2 J. DeWitt and M. Storksdieck, ‘A short review of school feld trips: Key fndings from the pas and implications for the future’, Visitor Studies, 11.2 (2008): 181-197
A further challenge relates to ways in which museums and other cultural organizations provide for their audiences. Increasingly, such institutions are striving to be more inclusive and that when opportunities are designed to be more open and accessible, subsequent cultural engagement can lead to increases in children’s self-confidence and self-esteem, motivation, communication skills and problem solving skills; ample benefits of ‘well designed cultural learning experiences’.3 J. H. Falk and L. D. Dierking, Learning from museums: Visitor experiences and the making of meaning, Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2000
The emphasis on learning in museums has been a very welcome development and has improved the experience of visiting museums for many people.
The collection in Lincoln, offers visitors an exciting cultural-historical experience, with a large collection of exhibits on display from the earliest settlements of pre-history, bronze and Iron-age through to the eighteenth century and their programme ‘Investigate’ has a range of creative and cultural learning experiences design to inspire and excite, engaging the intellect, emotions and senses.
Linked to regional, national and international history and archaeology, art and culture the sessions are held across five different sites in and around the Lincoln area, each having inspirational learning spaces where pupils can engage in memorable experiences on a wide variety of activities – exploring the history of Lincolnshire and the lives of those who settled here.
The sessions are richly resourced with original or replica objects and costumes and presented by experienced professionals, who offer facilitated workshops and are also able to cover the requirements of key stages one and two.
The Collection also welcomes schools to plan their own self-guided visits, which are free. Advanced booking is recommended to make sure you have the best experience. Resource boxes are also available on request.
Whatever you choose to do at the Collection your participatory experiences will make your visit more meaningful, authentic and engaging.

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