Category: Conferences

Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2017

Thursday 2nd November – Friday 3rd November
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

It’s not just about the archaeology – or is it?

When you work with archaeology in museums, you can end up doing a huge range of activities. Whether it be the delivery of exhibitions, engagement and events, or good old-fashioned collections management, what is the role of the modern museum archaeologist? 

This year’s conference is an opportunity to celebrate all things good…or bad…about what we do and how we do it!

For more information and to book a place click here.


Researching Digital Cultural Heritage 2-Day International Conference

Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December
Manchester Museum

More than 50 speakers will offer a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm.

Keynotes by:

  • Dr Haidy Geismar, University College London
  • Professor Sarah Kenderdine, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

For provisional programme and to book a place click here.

Early Bird Booking Open for Restating Clay Conference

CoCA, York Art Gallery,
Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th March 2018

Booking has opened for the internationalRestating Clay conference, which will be held at CoCA, York Art Gallery, from 19th-20th March 2018. The conference will bring together potters, artists, curators, academics, students, collectors, gallerists and enthusiasts from the UK and beyond, to share experience and knowledge about the issues that matter to the sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in an exciting programme of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations, films, posters, store and exhibition visits.

A stellar line-up of keynote speakers is programmed: Garth Clark, Linda Sormin, Wendy Gers and Jennifer Zwilling. For more information, or to book click here.

Early booking is encouraged to take advantage of the early bird rates, and because there are a limited number of 2-day tickets available. If you have any questions about the conference or tickets email Conference Coordinator Charlotte Dew –

‘Something for My Native Town’ Conference

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, for the last three years have had an academic partnership with the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.  The University of London, are hosting a conference in Blackburn at University Centre at Blackburn College on 10 November, focusing on the manuscript and coin collection at the museum, gifted by industrialist Robert Edward Hart in 1946.

Speakers include Prof. Nigel Morgan, University of Cambridge, Dr. Scot McKendrick of British Library and Plenary Lecture, Professor David McKitterick, ‘Collecting – for whom?’

Delegate tickets are subsidised at just £15 and £10 for concessions (retired/student/Unwaged) and can be booked via School of Advanced Study webpages.

Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Email:

In addition on Thursday 9 November there is a launch event 4pm to 6.30pm for the new Level 2 research room facility at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, funded by Arts Council England. Please RSVP for this event to

World Heritage UK 3rd Annual Conference

Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th OCTOBER 2017

Delegates will hear from some of the most influential Leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes. It is important that we understand how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.

Confirmed speakers so far include Suhair Khan from the Google Cultural Institute, Duncan Wilson CEO of Historic England, Lizzie Glithero-West, CEO of the Heritage Alliance, Paul Simons, a partner in the Great Spas of Europe, and Judy Ling Wong, President of the Black Environment Network.  There will also be the launch of some new documents and the chance to hear from representatives of the UK’s World Heritage Sites on their wide range of communication experiences. Many more exciting speakers are still to be announced so keep a close eye on the programme here for the latest updates.

You can also find out more about the work World Heritage UK are undertaking and other events at:

The 2017 Engage International Conference The Whole Picture: Rethinking diversity

Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th November (plus fringe events to be announced)
Hull City Hall and venues around Hull

Early bird tickets and bursaries are available for this year’s Engage International Conference, which aims to rethink the conversation surrounding equality, diversity and access.

The visual arts can act as a catalyst for change. Arts educators, artists, makers and teachers are often under pressure to simply deliver, but could benefit from time to reflect on their practice. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ toolkit to address the myriad issues surrounding race, ethnicity, identity, disability, gender and sexuality; these issues are individual and complex.

This conference will give delegates the opportunity to explore what they do and why they do it, moving beyond box-ticking exercises, being realistic and getting to the heart of often thorny, and sometimes controversial issues.


Click here to book your place and enjoy reduced rates until 25 September: Engage personal member: £145
Engage organisational member: £250
Non-member: £360 (includes complimentary membership)

Tickets include lunch and refreshments on both days. Engage membership starts from only £3.75 per month, visit for further information.


Engage are delighted to offer a number of bursaries for this year’s conference. We particularly welcome applications for bursaries from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are currently under-represented amongst delegates to Engage conference. Priority will be given to those who may otherwise be unable to attend and those who have not received a bursary from Engage before.

  • 4 supported places* at £70, available for colleagues otherwise be unable to attend. Open to anyone in UK or overseas (other than Scotland). Applicants do not have to be members of Engage.
  • 2 freelance artist bursaries* including a free conference ticket and £100 towards travel/accommodation. Open to Engage personal members who identify as freelance artists or artist educators, based in the UK (other than Scotland) and overseas. *These bursaries are funded by Engage
  • 4 Engage Scotland bursaries** including a free conference ticket and up to £110 towards travel/accommodation. Open to anyone working in Scottish-based visual arts organisations. Applicants do not have to be members of Engage. Freelancers may apply but will need to show that attending the conference will have a clear public benefit through their work. **Engage Scotland bursary places are funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. No further funding from other Creative Scotland funding programmes is available to attend the Engage International Conference
  • Up to 15 Square Peg bursaries including a free conference ticket for people in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire (freelance or salaried) working in the arts or disability, and Disability Arts Network members. Square Peg is Artlink’s disability and diversity arts programme for Hull 2017.

Apply by sending the following to by 5pm on 13 October 2017:

●  A current CV (max 4 sides A4)

●  A letter or email (max 1 side A4) explaining why the Engage conference is of interest to you, how attending would benefit your professional development and why a bursary would support your attendance

Please make sure you mark clearly in your email and application which bursary you are applying for. Applicants may not apply for more than one bursary. Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the special Early Bird conference rate after 13 October, as long as they book by 31 October. Bursary recipients will be expected to attend the whole conference and write a short feedback report which will be published on the Engage website. Please note unsuccessful applicants will be offered Early Bird rates subsequent to the deadline. Visit for further information.

Call for Proposals: Museums Association Diversity Conference

The Museums Association (MA) is holding an open call for session proposals for its forthcoming one-day conference on diversity, equality and inclusion.

All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums takes place on 24 January 2018 at Thinktank in Birmingham, and aims to empower people to continue challenging the status quo and championing a diverse approach, while providing ideas as to how diversity can move from the margins to mainstream museum practice.

As part of the MA’s vision for “inclusive, participatory and socially engaged museums at the heart of their communities” and its Museums Change Lives policy document, the event will be programmed through an open call for papers. They particularly welcome ideas for workshops and interactive sessions, standalone presentations, panel discussions and other interventions.

Proposals will be considered by an advisory committee made up of diversity champions from across the UK museum sector and members of MA staff. If successful, the MA will work with you to shape up a session that fits within with overall programme for the day.

The MA’s definition of diversity includes the protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010 but also includes socio-economic background and status, and diversity of perspectives and life experience.

The deadline for proposals is 27 September. A form for submissions, and guidelines to putting forward a proposal, are available on the MA’s website.

Museums, Members and Friends: A harmonious relationship?

BAFM Conference and AGM
Saturday 30th September 2017
London Transport Museum

The day will explore the relationships between Museums and their Friends’ organisations, against a background of a trend for museums to set up their own membership schemes.

The first keynote speech ‘How to develop enduring Friendships’, will address the wellbeing benefits of volunteering and the significant influence volunteers can have on the ‘feel’ of a place.  The issue of relationships and ways of keeping channels clear, appreciative and constructive between Friends and their chosen Museums will be examined.

The second keynote presentation will explain the positive relationship between these two separate, but supportive, bodies, describing past successes and future challenges. In the afternoon there will be the BAFM AGM and short presentations on the conference theme by three other London Museums and a general ‘open forum’ discussion.

Find out more and book a place at the conference website.

Bringing the Dead to Life: How to display museum natural science

Friday 22 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm
University College London

The Natural Science Collections Association (the SSN for natural science) is running a talks-and-discussion day on putting on exhibitions. It’s called ‘Bringing the dead to life: how to display museum natural science’ and will be a day of talks discussing how to best put on an exhibition of natural science. 

Topics include object label writing, using live animals in displays, raising corporate sponsorship and audience consultation. It should be interesting for anyone working in any museum discipline – not just natural science.

Costs: £20 for NatSCA members (£40 otherwise).

To find out more and book your place visit the conference website.

Fostering Creativity in Children and Young People Through Education and Culture

Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th September
Durham University

The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University are hosting an international conference to discuss innovative approaches to equip young people with the creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies and strategies for scaling up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture. 

The conference builds on ongoing CERI work to improve our understanding of how creativity skills can be visibly and tangibly articulated by teachers, students and policy makers, and learnt and assessed as part of the curriculum. The meeting aims to bring together two types of practices around creativity: pedagogical practices in formal education, and cultural practices in out-of-school education or through partnerships between cultural agencies and schools.

This conference will bring together international speakers from the education world; from practicing teachers to academics in higher education institutions globally, alongside practitioners from within the cultural sector. Its format will be highly interactive, emphasising breakout sessions for discussion and exchange, and will mainly focus on practice.

To register your attendance please click here.