Tate Education History

  • Samuel Teed first guide

    Samuel Teed first guide
    Samuel Teed was appointed first official lecturer in 1914. But H.S. Teed enlisted in the army the following year.
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  • Edwin Fagg appointed Official Lecturer

    Edwin Fagg appointed Official Lecturer
    After the gallery was reopened (it remained closed from 1915-1920) Edwin Fagg was aoopinted. He took a special interest in modern foreign art, publishing Modern Masters: An Introduction and Complete Handbook to the Modern Foreign Work in the National Collection in 1930. He also supervised the restoration of Turner's portfolios after the 1928 flood of the gallery.
  • Lectures resume

    Guide lectures were suspended when the gallery closed in 1939 and were resumed in june 1951 and have been given regularly at 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays ever since. More information
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    Lectures

    Lectures were the first educational activity at Tate. Except for moments in which it was interrupted, it took place constantly either in the galleries or in the lecture room.More information
  • limited fund for lectures

    limited fund for lectures
    In letters between the year 1951 and 1966, Mary Chamot, Assistant Keeper at the Tate Gallery, answered many requests for lectures that were not included in the schedule saying that they had ' a very limited fund for the purpose of lectures and suggesting to make the 'arrangements directly' with one of the lecturers.
  • Simon Wilson appointed Offcial full-time lecturer

    Simon Wilson appointed Offcial full-time lecturer
    Simon Wilson joined Tate in 1967 as Official Lecturer. He became Head of Education in 1980, Curator of Interpretation in 1991, Communications Curator in 2000, and retired from Tate in 2002.
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    Department of Exhibitions and Education

    'The nucleus of this new department will also be concerned with another active sphere of the Gallery's programme, namely the educational role. At present this is limited by staff and funds to be scheduled and 'on demand' lectures and talks. Now we hope to explore the media (the printed word, slides, film, videtape) and methods that would be best suited to the particular needs of the public in all its variety of age, educational status and degree of interest in the arts.'
  • Department of Exhibitions and Education formation

    Department of Exhibitions and Education formation
    The nucleus of this new department will also be concerned with another active sphere of the Gallery's programme, namely the educational role. At present this is limited by staff and funds. Now we hope to explore the media (the printed word, slides film, videotape) and methods that would be best suited to the particular needs of the public in all its variety of age, educational status and degree of interest in the arts. This is the one aspect of our work in which public participation is vital.
  • Green Mountain

    Green Mountain
    An installation for children that provided physical adventure space in the form of an invitation to journey over a hill. Opportunity was given for climbing, rolling, jumping, bouncing, sliding, or crawling over heights, hollows, a tunnel and platforms all seen as aspects or features of a hill which will occupy the whole space.
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  • Kidsplay I

    Kidsplay I
    Installation designed to allow maximun physical contact while at the same time teaching much about the value of vision. The designers, John Gingell, Diane Setch and David Weightman were art college tutors committed to those ideals of education-through-art. More information
  • Spot the detail

    Spot the detail
    Children are given a large card with 30 small reproductions of details, containing animals , eyes, symbols and other details from paintings in the gallery. They had to go and search out the originals.
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  • Kidsplay II

    Kidsplay II
    The installation was housed in a 50ft span temporary dome of approved specification, situated on left hand lawn with main entrance. This structure housed installation as indicated below, to provide controlled and directed activity based on elements and relationships drawn from works in the Tate.
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  • Poetry & Painting

    Poetry & Painting
    Talk on King Cophetua delivered by Ruth Rosen.
  • Movement and Shape in Sculpture

    Movement and Shape in Sculpture
    Mrs. Ne'eman at the Chenies St Gallery uses the large modern sculpture pieces housed there - mostly by young British sculptures. She makes the children aware of shape and rhythmic relationships in sculpture through the movement of their own bodies. More information
  • Tate Games. Kidsplay III

    Tate Games. Kidsplay III
    Visitors were able to manipulate machines, play things designed for the most part to relate to works in the Tate. On the afternoons of Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, they were able to watch special performance-pieces and join in participatory games. More information
  • The Floor Film

    The Floor Film
    Installation designed by Tony Hill.
    ''We took off our shoes, stepped into the tiny dark room, and sat round the walls, and the film appeared on the floor. First came paving-stones of a pavement, and soon the children were walking on them, stepping over the cracks. Then a man walked in, seen from directly overhead, and the children walked on his shoulders...' More information
  • Video art show

    Video art show
    The exploration of new media is a primary characteristic of modern art since cubism and it is a decade or more since artists started to look at the possibilities of television as a medium for art activity. In the form in which it is seen in the exhibition (closed circuit installations) television art (video) appears as an outstandingly exciting and significant development amid the welter of new forms that art has taken in recent years. More information
  • Exhibition for the Blind and Partially Sighted

    Exhibition for the Blind and Partially Sighted
    The present exhibition consists mainly of works from the permanent collection which are joined by some valuable loans from Henry Moore whose sympathetic interest in the project has been helpful.
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  • Family Games

    Family Games
    An invitation to members of the public to go to the Tate and look at the works of art not as they normally do but to actually take part in the works, whether they are paintings or sculptures. There was something for all ages. in fact whether you were 'six or ninety-six' you had a game to play at the Tate Gallery.
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  • Voluntary Guide Scheme

    Voluntary Guide Scheme
    It is planned to begin a pilot scheme with a small group of members in April 1976. It is hoped that Voluntary Guides will begin working when the next extension to the Tate Gallery opens early in 1977. A committment to a minimum of one year's work, and a maximum of two year's work, as a Voluntary Guide will be requested." More information
  • Animation by Sheila Graber

    Animation by Sheila Graber
    Event that consisted of a demonstration by Sheila Graber of her approach and technique in making animated film. The subject was William Blake since the event occurred during the run of the major exhibition of Blake's work.
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  • Any question on art?

    Any question on art?
    BBC Radio 4 show where a topical discussion takes place in which a panel of personalities from worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. A programme from 1978 discussed art with the audience at the Tate Gallery. More information
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    Education Department

    In 1980, the Education Department became independent from exhibitions. Simon Wilson was appointed Head of Department. In 1991, Richard Humphreys successfully applied for Simon's post and stayed there until 2001. He divided the department in two different progammes: Adults and Young visitors.
  • Exhibition for the Blind and Partially Sighted II

    Exhibition for the Blind and Partially Sighted II
    "It was an extraordinary experience being able to touch the sculptures. It was especially arranged for blind people who are not normally able to come into the gallery. This broadened the experience for people who have been blind from birth...
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  • Performance: The Songs & Proverbs of William Blake

    Performance: The Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
    Lunch time performance given as part of the City of London Festival at All Hallows. More Information
  • Poetry workshop

    Poetry workshop
    There were three series of poetry workshops conducted by James Berry, Jim Mulligan and Mike Rosen. Two of these were for schools and the third for both adults and children. More Information
  • Poetry Competition

    Poetry Competition
    Competitors were asked to write a poem inspired by a work in the Gallery or by the experience of visiting it . This produced an enormous response of very high quality with particularly gratifying results in the children's section. More Information
  • The Muses Meet

    The Muses Meet
    Public poetry readings. Amongst the speakers: Carol Ann Duffy, George Szirtes, John Mole, Judith Kazartzis /Andrew Motion and Anthony Thwait; Peter Porter, Peter Forbes and Vernon Scannell; Maura Doolay, Peter Forbes and Selima Hill; Ruth Fairlight and Carole Satyamurti; Peter Forbes, Roy Fuller and John Fuller. More information
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    Interpretation and Education Department

    The period was dominated by the restructuring of the former Tate Gallery Education Department at Millbank into a new Tate Britain Department of Interpretation and Education, and the concomitant creation of a similar department for Tate Modern.
  • The Art Gallery Handbook: A Resource for Teachers

    The Art Gallery Handbook: A Resource for Teachers
    An invaluable new educational resource, produced in collaboration with teachers and Tate's education departments, this book offers exciting and creative ideas for activites and lesson-plans both in and out of the gallery setting.
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    Learning

    Anna Cutler was appointed Tate's first Director of Learning in January 2010. Nicolas Serota said 'We very much look forward to building on the remarkable programmes developed by Tate's current Learning Teams. Under Anna's leadership, we aim to bring Learning even closer to the heart of Tate in the future.' More information
  • Research Centre: Leaning

    On 9 October 2014 the Tate Research Centre: Learning was launched. It joins five other well-established Tate Research Centres, and builds on Tate’s internationally recognised learning programme and close connections to external partners in Higher Education, visual arts and arts education.