chapter  5
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Collections for ongoing learning

The educational role of museums is at present, considered very important in the UK as well as in many other countries.1 It is well recognized that real, three-dimensional objects can engage attention in many ways, and that much can be learnt from them about technologies, design, other cultures, the past and the present, and the natural world. Yet, in museums, emphasis is on educational activities using exhibits and programmes, with little use of the collections themselves.