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Objects Matter

This workshop, led by experts in design education, museum learning and cultural studies, will explore the role of object handling in design, design studies and design history education today.

What to expect

What does it mean to learn about design through the study of objects?

Objects Matter: Design Education and Learning through Objects in the Museum is a one-day workshop focusing on object handling in design education. The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts in design education, museum learning, design history, contextual studies, and design pedagogy to explore the ways in which objects can be employed as important tools for learning and teaching design and contextual studies in Higher and Further Education.

Through a series of talks and a round-table discussion, the workshop will explore ideas, as well as provide opportunities for practical knowledge-sharing and skills development for tutors.

Booking information

Adult: £20
Members: £15
Student/concession: Free


Dr Kirsten Hardie

Dr Kirsten Hardie, National Teaching Fellow, Associate Professor, Arts University Bournemouth. Kirsten has an international reputation for innovative pedagogies. Her research includes consideration of taste and artificial flowers; food packaging; and teaching excellence.

Zoë Hendon

Zoë Hendon, Head of Collections & Associate Professor, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA), Middlesex University. Zoe’s research focuses on the use of historic collections to inspire creative practice in the present.

David Houston

David is the Design Museum's Learning Producer for Schools. He is an education graduate who has worked in museum learning for over 15 years across several London museums including the Science Museum and London Transport Museum. As well as developing user focused design content for the Museum David also teaches sessions to schools and colleges.

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