- 06 - 07 november 2017
- Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum
- University of Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; Van Gogh Museum; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; LKCA; Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Reinwardt Academy
Two-day symposium Museum Guides Now! on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums.
This two-day symposium centred on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums. It marked 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 was 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 presented and discussed a number of innovative professional approaches, as well as methods to further the professionalization of museum guides. Mark Schep presented the results of the research project. The programme included 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 was 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.