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2018 Museums Association Conference – programme announced

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2018

8-10 November, Belfast

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme of Belfast 2018 is Dissent: Inspiring Hope, Embracing Change – having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society. And what better place to do this than Belfast. We highlight the role museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

This year’s event is packed with content and delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally.

Keynote speakers include Rita Ann Higgins, award-winning Irish poet and playwright and Laura Raicovich, US-based writer and artworker. Directors in Conversation session will feature Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland; Hilary McGrady, director-general, National Trust; Kathryn Thomson, chief executive officer and director, National Museums Northern Ireland; and Kim Streets, chief executive, Museums Sheffield. Other sessions cover topics such as co-curation, activism, curating conflict, diversity, equality, protest, Brexit, soft power, and the future of collections.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see Belfast City Hall, Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline. Look out for the Festival of Change which is a series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all dealing with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries across Northern Ireland and Dublin. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price. The programme includes cultural and political tours in Belfast, Downpatrick, Dublin and Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 20 August 2018. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

The Museums Association is partnering with Flybe to offer discount flights to attendees at this year’s conference and exhibition in Belfast. Book directly on www.flybe.com before 20 August 2018 and receive a discount of 20% off the “Just Fly” fare using the promotional Code: fly2mac.

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UK to host World Forum for Motor Museums event

The programme has been announced for the 2018 World Forum for Motor Museums which is being held at the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum between 3rd and 7th September.

More than 25 speakers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and the UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise in a programme packed with content covering everything from income generation to vehicle conservation and much else. The four themes of resilience and sustainability, collections, engaging audiences and motor museums for the 21st century are illustrated with presentations and debate.

Full details of the programme are now available at wfmm2018.org including information about conference hotels and how to book a place.

The deadline for the ‘Early Bird’ rate for delegate fees  has been extended by one week to 6th July – details on the wfmm2018.org web site.

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Free Event Focussing on Participation and Engagement in Museums

The British Motor Museum is organising a free event on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and  what it has achieved since 2015.
Beginning with a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
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For further information please contact julie.tant@british motormuseum.co.uk
To book a place, visit:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2

Museums Association Conference programme announced

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017

16-18 November, Manchester

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

This year’s event to be held in Manchester is packed with content – including three fantastic themes on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster, Francesca Martinez, comedian and writer, Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and Jenny Waldman, director, 14-18 NOW.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and network at People’s History Museum.

Look out for the Festival of Change, which offers a playful, creative physical presence throughout this year’s event, embodying the mission of Transformers, our workforce initiative to encourage radical change in museums.

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Manchester with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 16 August 2017. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

 

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SHCG Annual conference 2017: ‘Changing tides’- Call for Papers

SHCG Annual conference 2017: ‘Changing tides’

Reading Museum, Reading Town Hall, The University of Reading and The Museum of English Rural Life

29th and 30th June 2017

2016 has been a monumental year for the world as a whole and the effects of its events on museums are likely to be wide-ranging in their consequences. The vote for Brexit and the moves to both the left and the right of the political spectrum across the world will all have a significant effect on visitors, museums and how we adapt to stay relevant in the future.

Call for papers

Call for contributions, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions and other presentations on the theme of:

 Museums and Cultural Identity in a post-2016 landscape

This year we’re looking for any presentation, talk or concept that relates to the topics outlined in the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. The more thought provoking, unusual, practical and insightful the better.

If you have an idea that you think might be appropriate for this conference, then please submit it as we’ll read and review every application. We believe that insights into how others are working, their successes, their failure and their practices can be of benefit to many others within the wider museum and cultural community.

Contributors are invited to offer perspectives from local, national, international or global context. Contributions that are presented in an a different, interactive or discussion, way will be happily accepted and we keen to accept more contributions that are seen as showing ‘out of the box’ thinking and allow delegates to reflect and think about Social History Curation and its future.

Important dates

Return to Nick Sturgess and Rebecca Lucas conferenceshcg@gmail.com by 25th February 2017. If you have an idea which you’d like to talk through with us before submitting your proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

All applicants will be notified by the 4th March 2017

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2016 7-9 November – Glasgow

News of the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

 

The themes this year are People and Places, Being Brave and Health and Wellbeing. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Jackie Kay, national poet for Scotland and Oonagh Aitken, chief executive of Volunteering Matters. Another keynote will be delivered by two representatives from the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

There will also be a third day to conference this year with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to Glasgow’s museums galleries and cultural venues all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 5 August 2016. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

STILL TIME TO BOOK ON OUR ARCHIVE SEMINAR!

A reminder that our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ will be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so if you are still interested in booking a place, please visit the Eventbrite web site!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.