Seventeen students from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Maryland have just completed a two-week London onsite seminar at the University of Westminster.

The seminar forms part of the JHU online degree which requires all students to choose from a selection of onsite seminars held in the US, London, Berlin, and Barcelona.

The London seminar, established at the University of Westminster in 2010, is directed by Alan Morrison, Principal Research Fellow in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and is taught by Alan Morrison and Peter Ride, the course leader of Westminster's MA programme in Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture.

Over the two weeks of the seminar, the JHU students, many of whom work in the museum and galleries field, visited more than 12 major London museums, and met with over 15 museum professionals. The seminar included a study day examining the collections of museums in Oxford.

A highlight was a study day at the Museum of London, discussing the museum's planned move to Smithfield market and attending a preview of the museum's exhibition 'Fire! Fire!' commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The preview was accompanied by a series of workshops for school children and families.

Speaking about the annual seminar Director Alan Morrison said: "This collaboration with Johns Hopkins University plays an important part in developing Westminster's international profile in the field of cultural policy and practice."

Pictured: Alan Morrison and students with Sharon Ament (centre back), Director of the Museum of London, at the Fire! Fire! exhibition preview.

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