Moving on Up: Own your career

Tuesday 28th February
Royal College of Surgeons,Edinburgh
Members – £75.00
Non-members – £115.00

A one-day professional development and networking event aimed at museum professionals in the first five years of their career.

The event, which is chaired by consultant, facilitator and coach Hilary Carty aims to empower and inspire a proactive museum staff who challenge themselves and the sector, and includes keynotes, practical sessions and speed mentoring.

The programme aims to strike a balance between professional development and bigger picture issues affecting the sector such as diversity, funding, technological advancements and the social and political landscape.

Keynote:  Developing a personal brand and networking with confidence

What can someone find out about you from a quick Google search? Otegha Uwagba, brand consultant, writer and founder of Women Who, will give a talk on how to develop a personal brand that open doors. Uwagba will shed light on creating compelling online profiles and how museum professionals can maximise their impact face-to-face, as well as how to get the most out of networking opportunities.

Participatory session: Be a museum activist
Sharon Heal, director of the MA, will demonstrate how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions.

Keynote: Taking a stand on diversity
Sara Wajid, head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and founder of Museum Detox – a networking group for BAME museum professionals will introduce Peju Oshin, a freelance educator at London Transport Museum, who will discuss how tackling diversity at a grassroots level raised her profile and resulted in an unexpected television appearance.

Participatory session: How to embrace failure
Jess Turtle
, Transformers project coordinator at the Museums Association and co-founder of the Museum of Homelessness, will lead a discussion on how use process failure and use it as a tool for empowerment.


  • inspirational keynotes covering a wide range of topics including: museum activism, embracing failure, diversity and how new technology is shaping the future of museums
  • delegates will get the chance to quiz a panel of senior museum professionals about their careers
  • speed mentoring with a number of high profile professionals from museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK
  • networking events, activities and games
  • workshops designed to empower delegates to reflect on their practice and equip them with skills in fundraising, budgeting and social media.

Other speakers

Chris Henry, director of heritage, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Stephen Allen, head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland

Sarah Munro, director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Sebastian Deterding, founder of design agency Coding Conduct and senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York.

We are offering Scottish Museums Federation members the Museums Association member rate. To book at this rate please download a booking form and return this along with a covering email stating that you are a Scottish Museums Federation member to

Full details and timetable of event

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