(BA)d (ED)ucation

(BA)d (ED)ucation was a Young Researchers project that took place at the British Library in December 2007. Seventeen trainee teachers from Goldsmiths, University of London all studying for a BA in Education and Design and Technology, met weekly at the library for half or whole day sessions for a period of seven weeks. In the Library they explored the exhibition Breaking the Rules: the printed face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937, and took part in a series of creative workshops that explored Avant Garde design, writing and photography. They also met curators and other creative practitioners pushing the boundaries of the Avant Garde today.

Each week they also contributed to their own MySpace page which allowed them to display their outcomes and continue the conversations that began within the sessions at the British Library. These took the form of blogs in which they discussed the sessions, shared ideas and posted about other events and exhibitions relevant to the group. Outcomes from each of the sessions, and the MySpace pages, were then pulled together to create the final manifesto, soon to be exhibited on the British Library's Learning site.

More about Young Researchers

Young Researchers is an umbrella term for the work that the British Library's Learning team carries out with young adults, aged 16 and above. It hopes to diversify the voices that contribute to British Library exhibitions and online resources. The projects aim to familiarise young people with the Library and its collections, give them access to its expertise and knowledge, and help them develop skills for thinking and research. This will encourage them to think analytically and imaginatively and present their findings in inspiring ways.

(BA)d (ED)ucation was led by fine art photographer Chino Otsuka, Pearson Creative Research Fellow at the British Library from 2007-2008.

If you are interested in learning more about the Young Researchers initiative, please contact learning@bl.uk or call +44 (0)20 412 7799.