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9 March 2015 by Lynn

Hayley, with cameraHayley Evans, from the University of Leicester tells us about her role as video producer for MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a free online course in Museum Studies- a collaboration between  National Museums Liverpool and The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.


Being a filmmaker at the University of Leicester gives me the opportunity to work on various projects, from documenting 80 year old murder mysteries, to raising awareness about hate crime. When I saw the brief to produce a trailer film to promote the new Museums Studies Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a partnership between the University of Leicester and National Museums Liverpool, I was super excited to say the least.

There are a couple of reasons for my enthusiasm – I LOVE museums, LOVE dinosaurs, and LOVE ‘The Night in the Museum’ film, and being a local girl I grew up not far from Liverpool spending most of my school trips running around the train section in the World Museum – so National Museums Liverpool is very close to my heart.
In December 2014, I spent two whole days at the Museum of Liverpool, and the International Slavery Museum, filming a number of interviews and taking shots. One interview was with the Director of National Museums Liverpool David Fleming speaking about what makes a 21st Century Museum, and another was filmed with Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum. Richard spoke to us about running the Slavery Museum, and how they present topics like Slavery and Human Rights to members of the public. Both of these interviews will feature in the University of Leicester’s Museums MOOC.

This was my first time filming in a museum, an experience I will never forget. The employees at National Museums Liverpool were so welcoming and couldn’t do enough to help with the shoot. It was also my first time visiting the Museum of Liverpool and I have to say it is now one of my favourite museums.

I am really looking forward to the Museums MOOC trailer being utilised, and I hope when people see the finished films they enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.


Watch the film about the collaboration:

Find out more about MOOC at: www.futurelearn.com/courses/museum

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