International Review of Education

, Volume 49, Issue 3–4, pp 343–362 | Cite as

Museums, Keyworkers and Lifelong Learning: A European Survey

  • David Anderson
  • David Gray
  • Alan Chadwick


This article reports on an investigation undertaken in six European countries on the theme of adults' involvement in the cultural life of their communities. A particular focus was placed on the role of keyworker and how such individuals provide a link between museums and communities. The survey team gathered information from museums on the nature and extent of provision for adult learning and the degree to which keyworkers had a part to play. It was subsequently found that most museums made no special provision for adult education although this pattern varied across countries. In those cases where some form of provision was made its quality had not been assessed. One outcome of the survey is that a small majority of museums do make use of keyworkers acting in a wide variety of roles. It also revealed that keyworkers lack sufficient training and support.


European Country Lifelong Learn Adult Education Adult Learning Special Provision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Anderson
    • 1
  • David Gray
    • 2
  • Alan Chadwick
    • 3
  1. 1.Education DepartmentVictoria and Albert MuseumSouth KensingtonUK
  2. 2.School of Management, GuildfordUniversity of SurreySurreyUK
  3. 3.Department of Educational Studies, GuildfordUniversity of SurreySurreyUK

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