What qualities does a great museum guide possess? And what makes for a great museum tour? Guided tours have been around for as long as museums themselves and even at a time where technological innovations are making museums more accessible than ever, nothing can hold a candle to a museum guide when it comes to interactivity and flexibility.
This two-day symposium will centre on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums. It marks the completion of the four-year research project ‘Rondleiden is een vak’ (Museum guide: a profession in its own right), a joint initiative by the University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum. The research is conducted by Mark Schep, Carla van Boxtel and Julia Noordegraaf. The project has defined a number of key competencies and developed working methods which will greatly benefit the evaluation and professionalization of museum guides.
Museum experts and scholars will present and discuss a number of innovative professional approaches, as well as methods to further the professionalization of museum guides. Mark Schep will present the results of the research project. The programme will include keynote addresses by Viv Golding (lecturer at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester) and Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), workshops, short presentations and – of course – tours of the three museums co-hosting the symposium. There will be plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas on urgent themes such as peer evaluations, accessibility, the role of volunteers and the part played by new media.
Hosted by: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, LKCA (the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts) and the University of Amsterdam research team (co-funded by Fonds 21 and the Mondriaan Fund)