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DEA BIRKETT Out of our class

The classroom is
not the first place of learning, and it’s time the importance of informal education was acknowledged, says Dea Birkett Why are we so obsessed with school? When we talk about learning ...

DEA BIRKETT The wagging finger writes

Museums can be fun, says Kids in Museums director Dea Birkett, as long as you do as you’re told At a conference this week to promote the ben- e ts of schools accessing museums, a teacher described ...

DEA BIRKETT Keep your brief… brief

Dea Birkett, director of Kids in Museums, prefers manifestos to be minifestos – like the Museums Association’s Manifestos are marvellous. The best declare a great vision at the same time as focusing ...

DEA BIRKETT The Year of the Real

Dea Birkett discovers the feel not so good factor in the art on public show as we move uneasily into 2017 Unsettled, uneasy, sad. The paintings, sculptures and works in the current exhibition Flesh ...

DEA BIRKETT Our ring of confidence

Dea Birkett invites us all to join
 her in the big top What is circus? I don’t have an answer and I really don’t care. But many people do, bending themselves into shapes a contortionist would envy ...