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Using Learning Theory as an Approach to Creating New Galleries- A Case Study of the British Galleries 1500-1900 Christopher Wilk Victoria and Albert Museum.

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1 Using Learning Theory as an Approach to Creating New Galleries- A Case Study of the British Galleries Christopher Wilk Victoria and Albert Museum

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3 What is it? activity, Hanoverian Discovery Area

4 British Galleries opened to public November square metres of gallery space, 3000 objects -From the reign of Henry VIII to Queen Victoria, including work by Hans Holbein, Thomas Chippendale, Josiah Wedgwood and William Morris

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7 What is it? activity, Hanoverian Discovery Area

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10 Looking skills

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12 BRITISH GALLERIES TARGET AUDIENCES (overlapping) Independent learners (no formal curriculum) – 62% Overseas visitors- 44% Families - 31% Specialists (amateur and professional) – 23% School Groups Further (16+, vocational) and higher education (18+, academic) Ethnic minority groups Local audience

13 Experiential:seek hidden possibilities, act and test experience Imaginative:seek meaning, need social interaction Common sense:seek usability, draw from sensory experience Analytical:seek facts, adapt to experts Source: Beverley Serrell, 1991

14 Right: Francis Williams, (The Jamaican Scholar), artist unknown; oil on canvas; c.1745 Below: Engraving of Job Ben Solomon and William Ansah Sessarakoo, 1750

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17 Top right: room from Henrietta Street, London, 1732 Right: Norfolk House Music Room, London, 1752 Top: Panelling from Haynes Grange room, 1575

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19 Above: Colonel Smith Grasping the Hind Legs of a Stag (oil on panel), Write a mini-sage activity Below: Are you a collector? activity Below: Are you a collector? activity

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21 Top right: Shawl with Paisley design; wool; Scotland, Top left: Shawl for British market; pashmina; made Kashmir, India, 1852 Right: Bow porcelain figure, London, c.1754 Far right: Meissen figure, 1750

22 Hans Holbein (German/Swiss), German Merchant in London, 1532 Astronomical Clock made in London by Francis Nowe (Neth.), 1588 Anthony van Dyck (Flemish), Charles I, 1636 Standing cup, made in London by Thierry Luchemans (Flemish or German),

23 Experiential:seek hidden possibilities, act and test experience Imaginative:seek meaning, need social interaction Common sense:seek usability, draw from sensory experience Analytical:seek facts, adapt to experts Source: Beverley Serrell, 1991

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28 Government School of Design, Somerset House, London, 1843 Top right: Henry Selous, Opening of the Great Exhibition, oil on canvas, 1851 Right: South Kensington Museum Entrance facade, designed by Captain Fowke, 1865

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