Find out what it was like to experience our Glasgow Get Together in March 2017.
Laura is a Learning Trainee at a museum in the West of Scotland and a former history teacher. She met Scottish Learning Group for the first time when she came along to our third meet up.
Laura drew this picture on the left! (used with permission)
So, the first thing you need to know about my background in Heritage and Learning is that I’m relatively new to the game. I constantly want to learn more about this career path and the job –and importantly – how to do it, and do it well.
Which is where the Scottish Learning Group comes in.
A meetup group for people in Learning and Outreach in Scotland? Great.
All from a range of different sectors like heritage and natural heritage, science, museums and other areas? Brilliant.
Sharing experiences, challenges, ideas and support? Even better.
Meeting in a pub? Sign me up.
So my original plan was to come along and, since I was a beginner in the field, hide at the back, have a beer and furiously take notes.
I did manage the beer and the notes.
I did arrive a little late (Glasgow is significantly bigger than I’d previously assumed) and was welcomed wholeheartly into the gathering. I did already know a couple of people there, but most of the group were new faces and the meeting started with introductions and a short Learning and Outreach background from everyone.
Having the meeting in a pub was a very good move – I am not saying this just because Raspberry flavoured beer was available – it made it immediately obvious from the start that the experience was going to be relaxed, friendly and based more around shared experience than a more formal meeting. And it was.
My original plan to hide at the back didn’t pan out, as despite my lack of experience I was encouraged to share and discuss alongside everyone else, and felt, in that environment, very confident to do so.
We discussed equal access to Green Space, schools using local venues in their learning, we talked about accessibility to sites in terms of both mobility and ASN, online resources and we shared our experiences of our roles (current and previous) with the group. Being a bit of a ‘newbie’ to the sector, this was all fantastic to hear and learn from and really made me consider what I could bring to the table (turns out it’s always more than you think). Especially when we started talking about the BIG Questions such as the purpose of Learning and Outreach programmes in addressing issues such as Social Justice, remembering modern war, disabilities etc.
We definitely covered a lot of subjects and issues using the expertise of different job backgrounds, although since this was only the Scottish Learning Group’s third meetup – it does feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of questions we could find the solutions for together and subjects to investigate or improve on.
Next time? Maybe we could try to focus on one aspect per meeting? Maybe we could work out a specific problem together? Maybe we could expand to involve more sectors? Honestly, I wouldn’t mind at all if nothing changed for next time.
I found the Scottish Learning Group was useful, very enlightening, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people in different fields of Outreach and Learning.
-Laura, Scottish Learning Group Member
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