Learning for the Masses: Museums, Libraries, and Schools of Arts

Learning is a privilege or a duty not a right - that has been the view through the majority of history. The Church held the power over the written word, Guilds taught the artisans skills, while the palaces and Church between them held collections of treasures and memorabilia. This was the view still held when the colony was established in New South Wales in 1788. But the 19th century brought opportunities to expand those opportunities from the 1820s with the first Subscription Library, the beginning of the Australian Museum, followed by Trade Associations and the School of Arts, through to the Victorian era, where lectures and exhibitions became increasingly available, fuelled by the notion that these would be morally beneficial to the lower orders– just by going through museums and galleries would elevate the spirit. Peter Board brought the idea of the Workers Educational Association to Australia in 1913, despite public scorn at the idea of the working classes seeking culture, and the empowerment which knowledge and learning brings – which is how you can be learning here today.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Hybrid (F2F & Online simultaneously)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Old World: We will be examining the sources of scholarship and culture in Europe and the Classical and Asian ancient world, we will look at collections of knowledge, treasures, art, and artefacts, that were preserved by the Church and aristocracy, libraries and Guilds, to see who was given access to learning and for what purpose.
  • Early Colony: How these values were expressed in the early years of the colony and how they gradually evolved and expanded to give access to libraries, museums, schools, and trade associations through the 1820s and 30s will be compared to the changing class composition of the community.
  • School of Arts: The establishment of the School of Arts united and diversified these aims of moral improvement and work skills and we will look at how they formed the roots of so many other learning institutions - libraries, technical colleges, museums, and community colleges, as well as the WEA - which empowered learning across the class divide.
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<p>Learning is a privilege or a duty not a right - that has been the view through the majority of history. The Church held the power over the written word, Guilds taught the artisans skills, while

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23 Nov
$0 Limited

<p>Learning is a privilege or a duty not a right - that has been the view through the majority of history. The Church held the power over the written word, Guilds taught the artisans skills, while

...
23 Nov

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