Start Empathy: A toolkit for promoting empathy in schools

A great collection of activities to help create learning environments which meet every child’s social and emotional needs.  Ashoka, the leading association for social entrepreneurs has identified empathy as a key skill of the 21th century. This toolkit was launched as part of their campaing Empathy Now!.

Summer learnings

A list of podcasts for museum professionals addressing a broad variety of topics. For bookworms we recommend Victoria & Albert’s learning and interpretation reading list , Lindsey Steward’s reading bucket list and the reading list of Bundesverband deutscher Kinder-und Jugendmuseen (for German-speakers)


European Museum Awards: A guide to quality work in museums

A NEMO publication dedicated to Europe’s most prestegious museum awards. Learn more about their aims and gather valuable information on their judging criteria and application processes. Spoiler alert: Our very own Children in Museums Award is featured too!


Session summary: Hands On! at Ecsite 2018

Our friends from Ecsite invited us to hold a Hands On! session at this year’s edition of their annual conference. From 7-9 June 2018 more than 1000 participants gathered at Europe’s largest Science communication conference. In our session ‘Reconceiling creative exhibit design and the demands of today’s compensation culture’ we explored the obstacles curators and exhibit developers face throughout their work. This report features summaries of the three inspiring brave practice presentations, questions and issues raised by the participants and a list of reads recommended by the speakers.


The NL factor: A journey in the educational world of Dutch museums

This Nemo publication written by CMA-judge Margherita Sani explores why there are so many extraordinary museum projects dedicated to young visitors in the Netherlands. Learn what makes the Dutch museum landscape so unique, dive into an inspiring case study and discover the work of 22 best practise projects.


Activity toolkit: Gender inclusive STEM education

Hypatia, a EU-funded project aiming to develop a theoretical framework on gender inclusive STEM education created this collection of activities for teenagers aged 13-18 years. This online resource contains workshops, speed dating, card games, debate scenarios and plays drawn from good practices across Europe.


Managing risk in play provision: Implementation guide

Play Safety Forum has gathered three leading experts of the fields of play and risk to introduce a state-of-the-art approach on risk management. The result is the risk-benefit assessment, taking into account latest scientific findings on human play. This guide shows, how insitutitons can successfully balance safety and free play.


Exhibit safety resources

This resource list complements the article “Keeping Visitors Safe Around Exhibits,” by Kathy Krafft and Harry White, which appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine, published by the Association of Science-Technology Centers . It features lists of recommended safety products, links to safety resources, recommended reads, sample accident forms and risk assessments.


Measuring socially engaged practise: A toolkit for museums

Evaluating the social impact of a museum can be a real challenge. This toolkit by the UK Museums Association looks at a variety of approaches including qualitative and quantitative techniques, helping institutions to find the best method for their needs.


The #Future Museum Project

Museum professionals from all over the world share their personal answers to the question ‘What will museums be like in the future ?’. Get inspired by the thoughts and ideas of colleagues, or submit your own short essay and participate in this visionary ongoing project. Do not miss out on browsing through other articles of the Museum ID Magazine as well – it is definitely worth it!


The power of play: A research summary on play and learning

A research compilation on the major types of play and its related learning benefits by Rachel White of the Minnesota Children’s Museum.


Social Media toolkit for cultural managers

This toolkit by the ENCATC network on internet engagement data, marketing and storytelling strategies, assists cultural insitutions to make more of their social media appearances. It also provides valuable background information on the nature of social media and best pratice ideas to boost the benefits of social media activities for your organization.


Conference report: Hands On! conference 2017

Raluca Bem Neamu’s  (president of the Da´DeCe (I Wonder Why) association) personal report on the 11th Hands On! conference titled `Future in children’s Hands – informal education as a tool for social change`. Our 2017 travelling conference brought 300 dedicated museum professionals to Pilsen, Pisek and Prague. See our biennial gathering through the eyes of a first-time participant and benefit from her take-aways.


The Participatory Museum

The open access online version of Nina Simon’s best-selling guide to working with community members and visitors to make cultural institutions more dynamic, relevant and essential places.


RAFT: Resource area for teaching

Great selection of lesson plans, workshop kits and tip sheets dedicated to hands-on learning of STEAM topics. They also run a blog on turning everyday situations into teachable moments and feature inspiring Projects and ideas for workhshop themes


Discussion guide: The future of museums and libraries

The summary of the discussions and outcomes of a planning Meeting initiated by the US- National Academy of Sciences. Leaders of different diciplines were asked to discuss the future challenges, opportunities and developments of museums and libraries. Dive into their ideas and visions for 9 key themes of the field and gain new insights with the help of the recommended literature.