Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day

Tuesday 21st March
Manchester Art Gallery
10:30 – 16:30

From the Museums Association:

We are pleased to announce the next date for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day.  For the first time we are opening up the afternoon session to anyone interested in hearing more about how collections can be used for social impact. The keynote speaker will be Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum and there will be opportunities to network, meet those who have already undertaken successful collections projects and learn more about the Museums Associations Museums Change Lives campaign. MA staff will be on hand to advise anyone thinking of applying to the fund or to help you get your ideas flowing.


Morning Session – Esmee Fairbairn Collections Network only

10.30    Coffee, registration and networking
11.00    Welcome
11.10    Catch up and progress from participants
11.50   Matt Exley – National Museums Liverpool – Pride and Prejudice
12.10    Holly Grange – The Whitworth – The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection Project.
12.30    Questions
12.45    Lunch

The morning session for grantees only is an informal opportunity to share your progress on projects and get support from peers. Please come along ready to talk about your projects & ideas throughout the day and to ask others about their projects.

Afternoon Session – Open to all

13.30    Welcome to Afternoon Session
13.40   Keynote Speaker – Nick Merriman – Manchester Museums – Collections and participation in museums
14.15    Alistair Brown – Museums Association – Museums Change Lives
14.25    Group learning exercise – Using collections for Social Impact
15.00    Tea/Coffee
15.30    Networking Activities & Collections Fund application surgeries
16:30    Finish

The afternoon session is an opportunity to learn about sector-leading approaches to collections work for social impact, think through what this means for your own practice, and network with colleagues considering similar issues. Hear about how to access Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund support, and discuss your ideas for funding with MA staff.

The network day is a free event. Please contact Jacqui Buscher to book a place:



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