Susan Raikes, new Director of Learning for the Science Museum Group
Susan Raikes, new Director of Learning for the Science Museum Group

New Director For Science Museum Learning

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Susan Raikes has been announced as the Science Museum Group’s new Director of Learning.

Starting in January, she will lead the team in its delivery of informal learning programmes across five UK sites, and brings with her a wealth of expertise and experience. Currently Head of Learning and National Partnerships at the British Museum, Susan is also a Trustee for the Collections Trust and the newly opened Postal Museum. Jonathan Newby, Deputy Director of the Science Museum Group, said: “Susan combines a deep understanding of museums with a great passion for inspiring others. I know she will provide both strong leadership internally and act as a powerful advocate for the unique role of museums in offering creative learning environments.”

The Science Museum Group already offers an unparalleled programme of informal learning. Last year, its five sites received over 600,000 school visits, with the Science Museum being crowned the most popular in the UK for such trips. A further 88,700 pupils also attended workshops or shows at schools and science fairs, delivered by the Group’s outreach programme. Central to the programme of learning is giving people of all different ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore the wonder of science, and where attitudes to STEM subjects can be positively influenced.

At Kids in Museums, we are thrilled to have the Science Museum Group’s sites signed up to our Kids in Museums manifesto, an eight point toolkit which supports organisations to become more accessible to children, young people and their families. To find out more, why not take a look at our Manifesto page.

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

 

 

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