Heritage and Education

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / lab.Bode, 2017
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / lab.Bode, 2017

lab.Bode

Programme to Strengthen Educational Activities in Museums

“Cultural education” has been an important thematic focus at the Federal Cultural Foundation for many years now. Programmes like “An Instrument for Every Child” and “Agents for Creative Schools” have set new standards in Germany and become models which have been imitated and developed elsewhere. The Foundation would like to promote another important area of cultural education with its dual-module "lab.Bode – Initiative to Strengthen Educational Activities in Museums”, set to run from 2016 to 2020. The goal is to encourage processes of change within museums which have the potential of appealing to younger people.

Bode Museum Education Lab

The programme will start by setting up a model “Education Lab” at the Bode Museum of the Berlin State Museums, which will work together with various schools in Berlin over a period of several years. Although the Bode Museum enjoys international renown thanks to its significant art-historical collection, many young people are unacquainted with the museum and prior knowledge seems to be a prerequisite. Consequently, the aim of the programme is to effectively incorporate educational activities into all working processes at the museum – from the ticket desk to the curators, all the way to the museum director. The programme will then collect all of the experience and findings gained in this model project by 2020 and develop prototypes which can be applied elsewhere and made available to all museums and educators in Germany in the future.

Academic internships in the field of education

The second module of the programme is comprised of 21 academic internships, financed by the Federal Cultural Foundation. The interns will participate in developing prototypes in the lab and implement individual forms at their own museums. Museums in Germany with an art-collection focus are invited to apply, provided that they wish to strengthen the importance of educational activities at their museums and create a position for an academic intern in the field of education. The hope is that the combination of both modules will establish a strong foundation for viable educational activities at museums in the future.

The lab.Bode is coordinated in cooperation with the Berlin State Museums. The Federal Cultural Foundation also collaborates with the German Museums Association and the Federal Academy of Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel.

The Federal Cultural Foundation has allocated a total of 5.6 million euros to fund the programme from 2016 to 2020.