Cultural Mediation & Storytelling in Museums - using theatre
Cultural Mediation & Storytelling in Museums - using video
Cultural Mediation & Storytelling in Museums - using digital technologies

Cultural Mediation & Storytelling in Museums
using theatre, video and digital technologies

Cultural Mediation & Storytelling in Museums - using theatre, video and digital technologies is a practical training course which gives an in-depth approach on different manners of informal education and effective communication with the various types of museum audiences and their specific needs by the use of theatre techniques, videos, mobile Apps and other new technologies. This active course is intented for people working in the cultural field in any stage of their career.
The training course is published in the Comenius - Grundtvig Training Database with the reference number IT-2014-1063-001.

the course - preparation

- To receive the invitation letter, potential participants need to download the pre-registration form from the project website www.cultureforall.eu, fill it out and send this, together with a short CV and short motivation letter to the course coordinator;
- The participants have to fill out an enquiry about their training needs and expectations towards this specific course;
- Prior to the training all participants will be send articles about the training subjects to read and prepare themselves on the course.
- The participants have to prepare a short presentation about themselves, their institutions and the case-study related to their home institution they would like to develop during the training course. This presentation has to be send to the course coordinator prior to the training and will be presented by the participant to the teachers and other participants of the group the first day of the training.
Participants without a home-institution are invited to think about a case-study for a Museum where they would like to work.

the course - objectives

The training course gives an in-depth approach on different manners of informal education and effective communication with the various types of museum audiences and their specific needs by the use of theatre techniques, videos, mobile Apps and other new technologies. This active course is intended for people working in the fields of theatre and heritage education in any stage of their career. This training gives the participants the opportunity to develop and improve their professional competences, knowledge and skills, to improve the way to perform their current or future job, by providing them the theory, tools, practical experience and methodologies to apply in their professional career in the cultural field. The training course is also an excellent opportunity for inter-cultural peer-learning, to exchange knowledge and experiences between participants from different countries and professional backgrounds.

After the participation in this training course the participants will:
- know why and how to apply theatre techniques in the museum environment
- know how to use and how to take benefit of new media in the cultural heritage field
- know how to use and how to take benefit of the use of mobile Apps in museums
- know tools to create a simple App to use in museums
- know how to use and how to take benefit of user generated content in museums
- be able to analyse case-study examples using the acquired theories and methodologies
- be able to apply the acquired theories and methodologies to their own case-study/situation
- know different manners of informal education and effective communication with the various types of museum audiences and their specific needs
- be able to mediate and communicate in an effective way with the public by using and applying theatre techniques, videos, mobile Apps and other new technologies.

the course - methodology

This innovative course has a very structured lecturing plan developed by qualified international lecturers, experts in Cultural Heritage & New Technologies, Theatre Techniques and Museum Education.
The ICOM Museum definition says: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”
In this role Museums/CH-institutions need to communicate in an effective way with their audiences. This active training course gives an in-depth approach on different manners of informal education and effective communication with the various types of museum audiences and their specific needs by the use of theatre techniques, videos, mobile Apps and other new technologies.
The training course consist in frontal theoretical lectures, practical workshops, the analysis of case-study examples, on-site visits and group-work. The participants will have to analyse case-study examples using the acquired knowledge and, divided in little groups, realise together their own case-study. The last training day they show the created storyboard/script of a short video, App or theatre performance to the group to receive constructive feed-back.
There will be ample time for (in)formal discussions on the topics in the lecture room and during the practical work. There will be plenty opportunities for peer-learning to exchange knowledge and experiences between participants and teachers. Networking between the international experts and participants will also be stimulated.
Articles, lectures, workshop-materials and (OS)software to use during the training will be given on USB-stick; the participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras, laptops, tablets or smart-phones, however the course organiser will take care for those who are not able to bring one of these.

the course - follow up

After the training the teaching materials will be uploaded to the project website www.cultureforall.eu. The participants are encouraged to upload afterwards the final result of the case-study applied in their home-institutions to the project-website to share the result. In this way more museum educators, mediators, theatre professionals and other professionals in the cultural field could have benefit of it.
Networking between the international experts and participants will be encouraged by the creation of a mailing-list and relative facebook/LinkedIn group to give teachers and participants the opportunity to discuss the content of the course and related subjects. On the website also other interested people could subscribe to this mailing-list.