Museums are there to educate everyone. Whether this is through workshops, lectures, exhibitions, outreach days, it is seen as one of the ‘essential’ and ‘priority purposes’ that people expect from a museum. They share their ‘expertise’ with their visitors, educating and teaching them in engaging and fun ways. The collections that museums hold are of use to researchers too and often form the basis of academic articles and books. Ultimately, these studies will filter through back to a museum to educate the general public. Museums are in a wider circle of education.
Seeing as education is so heavily ingrained in what a museum does, have museums evolved how they educate visitors? Recent academic thought argues that the past twenty years have seen a transformation of learning within museums, moving ‘from margin to core’. But is this transformation as recent as suggested or has it been a longer development? Has education in museums been, until now, on the margins of the museum?
 Museums Association, FAQs, <http://www.museumsassociation.org/about/frequently-asked-questions> [accessed 9/8/2017]; ICOM, Museum Definition, <http://icom.museum/the-vision/museum-definition/> [accessed 9/8/2017].
 Britain Thinks, Public perceptions of – and attitudes to – the purpose of museums in society: a report prepared by BritainThinks for Museums Association, 2013, < http://www.museumsassociation.org/download?id=954916>, [accessed 9/10/2016], p. 4.
 Ibid. p. 16.
 John Reeve and Vicky Woollard, ‘Learning, Education, and Public Programs in Museums and Galleries’, in Conal McCarthy, The International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Museum Practice (1st ed), (John Wiley &Sons, Ltd., 2015), p. 551.