Veterans Reunited education learning programme at Imperial War Museum
This study evaluated a major learning programme, and assessed how the exhibition and wider programme delivered engagement, innovative formal and informal (including digital) learning opportunities, personal development, diversity of audience, intergenerational interaction, and new perspectives. Societal impacts and legacies were identified, with clear recommendations including: evaluation and partnership delivery models; involving young people; harnessing the power of intergenerational learning, and promotion of resources. The Veterans Reunited Programme spanned generations to commemorate the Second World War, and reached over 11 million people.
The cascade partnership model through which Veterans Reunited was delivered, was successful in creating new, often cross-sector partnerships, many of which are likely to be sustained. The programme illustrated that partnership working can raise the ambitions of the individual partners by providing inspiration and given partners confidence to operate on a larger scale.
There has been significantly increased awareness of how museums, libraries and archives can contribute to and deliver learning in innovative and creative ways. Project partners believe that Veterans Reunited has enabled them to achieve a more strategic link with schools because they were able to make both direct curricula and cross-curricula links from the subject matter.