The Juno Beach Centre was pleased to welcome the members of the network of museums and memorials of contemporary conflicts of the Ministry of Heritage and Archives, part of the French Ministry of National Defence, for a professional development seminar on the issues of interpretation among young people at memory tourism sites. The objective of the seminar was to make the participants exchange ideas and work together to improve the quality of the visitor experience at their respective sites and for the sake of the transmission of the memory of the contemporary conflicts.
The first day was dedicated to the visit of the Juno Beach Centre, its temporary exhibit, and its educational activities which are original in the way they are conceived with a Canadian approach. The second day was filled with workshops where attendees shared ideas and experiences relating to educational programming in museums, as well as interpretation for students. It was also discussed how museums can bridge with teachers and ESPE Caen University presented a study about the challenges memorial sites have to face in terms of pedagogy.
Representatives of some 30 major French First and Second World War museums participated in this seminar, notably the Historial de la Grande Guerre Péronne – Thiepval (Somme) who will host the next seminar of the MMCC network which will take place next December on the theme “Mémoires des conflits contemporains et territoire” (Remembering contemporary conflicts on territories).
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