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Museums and the Development of Visual Education

Nature volume 158, page 743 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



A BRIEF revDorVfJra paper entitled Museums and General, read by Mrs. Jacquetta Hawkes (Ministry Education) on the occasion of the Museums Association Conference last July, appears in museums Journal of October 1946, p. 118. Mr Hawkes said that at the present time there is in the educational world a great vogue for the use of visual teaching methods. Unfortunately, visual education often means films mainly intended for factual instruction. Museums are uniquely qualified for visual education, because they can offer real things that can be handled. Mrs. Hawkes went on to suggest that museums should design exhibits to give intellectual instruction, offering objects without comment. By this encouragement of the- intuitive sense and training in the judgment of individual quality, Mrs. Hawkes believes that museums can make their most valuable and distinctive contribution to the content of education. If her words reflect the attitude of the Ministry of Education, they form a happy augury for the improvement of the museum services of Britain, and it is highly important that this interest should be further1 explored by leading museum authorities.

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