Learning Manager at Manchester Museum
Address: Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester M139PL United Kingdom
Email Address: hannah-lee.chalk [at] manchester.ac.uk
Work Statement: My role as Learning Manager at Manchester Museum is concerned with supporting the museum's mission; to build understanding between cultures and a sustainable world, and as an issue that is as much cultural as it is scientific, climate change and, more broadly, environmental justice, cuts across these two principles that drive the museum's work. My work as Learning Manager involves the development of programmes that use the collections as a source of curiosity and imagination and draw from cutting edge research to explore and create new narratives and ideas about our place in the world. Working with colleagues and partners, these opportunities are delivered to the public, schools, families, adults, and communities through our learning and engagement programmes and exhibitions.
I am currently working to develop a new flagship programme for young people that will seek to use the museum - its collections, spaces, people and partners - as a catalyst for imaginative and radical thinking and action against the backdrop of global scale environmental change. I am particularly interested in how the museum can draw from its strengths - as a trusted and safe space, our collections and collections-based expertise, our convening power, and our supporters and partners - to establish a niche within the existing landscape of provision so that our work enhances and extends the opportunities that already exist in the city region.
My personal interests draw from my background in the earth sciences, my doctoral research into object-related practices and a broad and varied range of research interests. As such, I am particularly keen to explore how research and theory, such as Cameron's 'ecologizing experimentations' and 'post-human museum practices', and the growing interest and discussion around the Anthropocene concept, may be directly applied to the museum's work, and how / if these may contribute to the development of transdisciplinary, authentic, creative and collaborative programmes and practices.