Silence, Memory and Empathy is an AHRC funded research network running 2012-2013. UK Project partners include Buckfast Abbey, Historic Royal Palaces, the Cultural Learning Alliance, Imperial War Museums, National Maritime Museum, Oriel High School, the Hitchin Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Royal Armouries Museum Leeds, The Highlanders Museum, Birmingham University and City University London.
Workshop 2 was held on 6th July 2012 at the Tower of London. The specific focus for the day was Empathy, namely the following questions:
- Do participation and co-production in heritage aid empathetic engagement?
- How might empathy and emotional engagement be better articulated?
- Are learning outcomes the best ways to think about this?
The day started with a paper from Jenny Kidd on empathy and education, followed by a paper from Sam Cairns, and group discussion. The afternoon session involved a tour of the Tower where questions were raised about empathy, emotion, silence, space and the ethics of interpretation (or making decisions not to interpret).
Empathy and Education in the Museum
Jenny Kidd, City University London