Category: Conferences

Association of Volunteer Managers Conference funded places

The Whitworth, Manchester
15th March 2018

The North West Volunteer Managers Network, with funding from MDNW, is delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at the Whitworth in Manchester.

Further details are here:

The funding is for ticket only and does not include travel. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please send an expression of interest to Darren Collingwood,


Conference Funding: Association of Volunteer Managers Conference

The North West Volunteer Managers Network are pleased to announce that with funding from MDNW we are delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at The Whitworth, Manchester.

For the full programme please click here.  

If you would like to attend this fantastic event  please can you send an expression of interest with a brief description of  how you would benefit from attending the conference  by Friday 16th February to Darren Collingwood Co Chair. To :

Exhibiting Sounds of Changes International Conference Call for Papers

Tampere, Finland
Tuesday 12th – Wednedsay 13th June 2018

In museums, we do have paintings, photographs and all sorts of items. They  tell our visitors what things used to look like in the past. Few museums  use sounds for their collections and exhibitions. However, museum  exhibitions cannot only be experienced visually, but also by hearing. But,  it is not only a question of bad planning and a lack of technology: we  simply do not know enough about sounds as sources and as medium.

In 2013, six European museums started to record endangered and disappearing sounds of industrial society. The “Work with Sounds”-project  (2013-2015) was soon followed by the “Sounds of Changes”-project (2017–2019), both were funded by Creative Europe programme. In these  projects we have collected a great archive of historical sounds that can  be used for free from All the sounds are licensed under Creative Commons and can be found in Europeana and Wikimedia.

The Sounds of Changes project, WORKLAB (International Association of Labour Museums) and The Finnish Labour Museum are organising a summer conference, 12th-13th of June 2018, in Tampere. The two-day conference will focus on sounds of industrial, social and technical culture. How can we present and preserve sounds in museums?

We encourage all museum professionals, researchers and exhibition designers to submit papers that relate to the wide themes of exhibitions, sounds and history. We welcome theoretical approaches as well as practical case studies, tools and best practices. Papers presented at the conference are invited to share innovative ideas, experiences of trying new things, successes, opportunities and failures dealing with one or some of the following topics:

– Using sound technology in exhibitions

– Visitors and sounds

– Soundscapes, silence and noise in museum exhibitions

– Historical sounds of everyday life

– Sounds in/as exhibition narratives

– Authenticity of museum sounds

– Sounds, hearing and inclusion

– Historical and recreated speech acts in exhibitions

– How to find the right sounds?

The Call for Papers is open until 31st of March 2018. If you would like to present your project please send your proposal (200-300 words) along with a brief professional profile (100-200 words) to:

The conference will take place at The Finnish Labour Museum in Tampere.  

Participation is without a fee; however travel, accommodation and daily living are at your expense. Tampere is a lively city located in southern Finland. It can be reached from Helsinki airport by a two-hour train connection. The programme will include paper presentations, keynote speeches and social activities in summery (and cool) Finland.

Updated info can be found on WORKLAB website and soon on the project site

“Sounds of Changes” is a EU project funded by Creative Europe program (2017–2019). It is a joint effort of six museums: Swedish Air Force Museum (Sweden, project leader), Muzeum Inżynierii Miejskiej (Poland), LWL-Industriemuseum (Germany), Museum of Work (Sweden), Technical Museum of Slovenia and The Finnish Labour Museum. Museums are collecting, interpreting and disseminating endangered sounds and soundscapes together.  

See more at

WORKLAB – The International Association of Labour Museums is a dynamic network founded in 1997. Today, this network has more than 30 member museums from four continents. WORKLAB museums represent a lively scale of museums interested in social, industrial and labour heritage. Network organizes conferences, projects and publications. WORKLAB meetings are open for everyone. See more at

UNIVERSEUM European Academic Heritage Network Conference Call for Papers

The Hunterian, Glasgow
Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th June
(pre-conference workshop 11-12 June 2018)

Main theme: Working Together: Partnerships, Co-creation, Co-curation

UNIVERSEUM is concerned with academic heritage in its broadest sense, including university collections, museums, archives, libraries, botanical gardens, astronomical observatories, and university buildings of historical, artistic and scientific significance.

This year’s main conference theme focuses on the importance for university museums of working together, not only within the university campus but also beyond, collaborating with other cultural heritage organisations; with other communities; with society at large. This is now perhaps more important than ever, with socio-political developments around Europe and the rest of the world making us rethink the idea of Europe. These developments bring to the fore questions of identity, but also make obvious the need to work in partnerships of different type and size with our diverse communities in order to be stronger and better able to withstand the rapid changes of our economic, ideological, and cultural landscape. Working together includes also giving the initiative and the voice to our end users, and working closely together to co-curate and co-create exhibitions, resources, and events.

This year the conference is hosted by The Hunterian, at the University of Glasgow at its newly refurbished offices at Kelvin Hall, a good example of the result of a partnership between a university museum with a national cultural organisation (The National Library of Scotland and its Moving Image Archive) and a local authority one, Glasgow Life, the umbrella organisation of the City of Glasgow covering both Glasgow Sport and Glasgow Museums.

Under the main theme of “Working Together”, we invite proposals for a 5- or 15-minute talk on one of the following two sub-themes or for a poster session addressing the overall theme:

Subtheme 1: Teaching and Student Engagement with Collections

Although the primary focus is higher education students, this session also covers the whole range of educational groups from pre-school classes to adult education students. What strategies have you adopted for encouraging engagement with the collections? How do you link with the learning objectives of different groups? And how do you ensure that they link to some extent with yours? What are the main lessons you have learned from initiatives in this area? What are the main challenges you have encountered? Is there a methodology or some broad guiding principles that have worked for your institutions? Which of these do you think might be more broadly applicable? How do you evaluate the success of these activities?

Subtheme 2: Co-curating academic collections within and beyond the campus

How do you define co-curation in your case? Which groups did you engage with? What is the context? How did the power dynamic evolve? Who was making the key decisions? What were the challenges you encountered? What were the obstacles and the opportunities? What do you see as the main gains? What processes and methodology did you follow in your particular context? Are there any widely adaptable models? What can others learn from your experience? Have you got any insights from working with communities and groups within academia? And what about co-curating collections with groups outside academia?

Abstracts for sub-theme session 1 and 2 need to include:

i)             introduction/problematisation/context

ii)            main arguments/methods

iii)           results or discussion

This year, as a special topic for Universeum 2018 Poster Session, we encourage the presentation of posters on “Working Together in University Museums”.

Poster session: Working together in university museums

•             Who did the collaboration involve? The user group / community / organisation / individual you collaborated with

•             Why? The main motivation and wider aims/objectives

•             What came out of it? The key outcomes or expected outcomes of the collaboration

•             What is the inspirational message to share with others about it?#

Abstracts for posters need to address the four bullet points above.

Please send abstract proposals (max. 200 words), with an indication of the session you are submitting to (sub-theme 1, sub-theme 2, or poster session), plus a short biographical note highlighting main research interests and/or field of professional experience (max. 50 words) to the following email address before 9 February 2018:

At this year’s meeting we want to explore different ways of encouraging discussion and debate around the main themes outlined above, as well as allow as many voices from the community to be heard as possible. We want to combine short papers, with longer in-depth contributions that reflect more broadly on these themes rather than present specific projects, as well as invite dialogue and discussions from all participants. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you would prefer to give a poster, a 5-minute, or a 15-minute presentation.

The abstract template is available at:  

The conference language is English. We welcome contributions from cultural heritage professionals and academics, but also post‐graduate students who are encouraged to present.

The website of the 2018 conference is available at.

Programme Committee:

Steph Scholten, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Chair (UK)

Monica Callaghan, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Mungo Campbell, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Malcolm Chapman, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Maria Economou, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Ruth Fletcher, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Nicky Reeves, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Lola Sanches-Jauregui, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (UK)

Frédérique Andry-Cazin, Sorbonne-Universities, UPMC (France)

Esther Boeles, University of Amsterdam (NL)


Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference

Thinktank, Birmingham
Tuesday 13th March

The line-up includes speakers Emma Hanson the Head of Strategic Commissioning Adult Community Support from Kent County Council and Jane Povey GP and Founding Director of Creative Inspiration Shropshire. Workshop sessions will explore green wellbeing, evaluation, embedding wellbeing as an organisation, working with learning disabled artists to design and deliver arts activities for children and families and much more!

Tickets for the conference will go on sale on 5 January 2018 click here.

Queer Legacies Conference

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton (Old Court Room)
Wednesday 7th March
10:30 – 16:45

Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM) is hosting a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality during 2017.  How have the challenges and successes of projects over the past year changed ongoing practice in the sector?  Have they helped influence and change the ways in which museums, galleries and heritage organisations look at and share their collections and collaborate with diverse communities? 

The programme includes speakers from the National Trust, Liverpool Museums, Oxford Museums, Amsterdam Museum and others, and the day will be chaired by Matt Smith.  Further details, including how to book, are on the RPM website here, and on the flyer available here.

Museums in Context and Partnership Call for Papers

Day 1: Heritage institutions in urban regeneration
Day 2: Museums, galleries and higher education

National Railway Museum (York)
Thursday 19th – Friday 20th April 2018
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 2nd March 2018

From The University of Sheffield and the National Railway Museum:

The University of Sheffield and the National Railway Museum invite paper proposals for a two-day conference on the subjects of museums and galleries in urban regeneration, and their relationship with higher education institutions.

In November 2017, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport published the Mendoza Review. This surveyed the current state of England’s museum and gallery sector, and identified the challenges facing it: whilst such institutions have seen their funding reduced in real terms by 13% over the past decade, they are increasingly expected to grow and diversify their audiences, enhance their international profile, and build towards “sustainable and resilient models” of operation (Mendoza, 2017: 9). To confront this uncertain future, the Mendoza Review made a number of practice and policy recommendations, central amongst which were the calls to contribute to “placemaking and local priorities” (Mendoza, 2017: 10) and to “assist scholarly research through partnerships with universities” (6).

Mendoza is far from alone in his assertions: A 2008 paper by Simon Tait for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that museums often serve as “a potent force in social and urban regeneration” (2), and in a review by Chiara Bonacchi and Judy Willcocks in 2016 for the Museum University Partnership Initiative (led by the NCCPE), the authors concluded that it has become “urgent to understand how partnerships between these two kinds of institutions can act to their mutual benefit” (8). The role of museums and galleries in local renewal have been studied at length (Crouch & Farr, 2000; Hetherington, 2007; Dean, Donnellan & Pratt, 2010; Dinardi, 2015; Polo, 2015), and collaboration between the heritage sector and universities is being increasingly promoted and theorised (Boys, Boddington & Speight, 2016; Reynolds, 2016). Nevertheless, at a time when many museums are at risk of cuts or closure, the questions that surround their place in our cities and their potential for collaborative work have never been more pressing.

This conference aims to examine the role of heritage institutions in urban regeneration, and how museums, galleries and higher education might work together for teaching and research purposes, and to develop displays, exhibitions and programmes. Bringing together experts from the heritage industry, from government and business partners, and from academic practitioners, the conference will serve as a space for discussion of both the benefits and challenges of such initiatives, as well as an ideas exchange on best practice. We therefore invite proposals on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Museums’ and galleries’ role in urban regeneration and gentrification
  • Neoliberal cities and cultural consumption
  • Museums and galleries for tourists and for citizens
  • Local cultural communities, interest groups and their relation to heritage sites
  • The local economic impact of museum and gallery development
  • (Foreign) investors in urban sites with a heritage component
  • Experiences of collaboration between HE, museums and galleries
  • The effectiveness of existing museum-university collaborations
  • Researchers’ and students’ experiences of collaboration
  • The differences between museum-led and university-led collaborative research
  • Museums in partnership: local, national and international
  • Archival access, digitisation and digitally supported research
  • Public engagement with museum-based research
  • The impact of the ‘impact’ agenda on the relationships between HE and cultural/heritage institutions
  • Equal access to museums and universities: can we help each other?

We invite 20-minute presentations , which will be followed by an open-floor exchange of ideas. Presenters are therefore asked to formulate a few key questions which they would like to pose to their fellow delegates. Joint contributions with partners are encouraged.

300-word abstracts, plus a brief list of key questions and a short author’s biography (50 words) , should be submitted via the online form ( ) by 2 March 2018. Delegates are also requested to indicate whether they intend to attend one or both conference days. Please direct informal enquiries to Chris Leffler ( .

This conference is part of the ‘Railway Cultures’ project, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the National Railway Museum. It will be followed by a late-night opening of the museum, with a presentation of outputs from the project (including a book, commissioned artworks, and performances of music and creative writing) .

Beautiful Places, Happy Communities? Conference

Tuesday 6th March
10:00 – 16:00

What are the successful models for partnership between heritage organisations and local communities? Is community organisation more effective when developed in response to a threat or challenge? How can you balance tourism development with residents’ needs? What are the impacts of ageing populations in heritage communities?

Port Sunlight Village Trust invites you to join us for a thought-provoking day of discussion and workshops, exploring the relationship between places with significant heritage and their local communities. For the past 18 months, Port Sunlight Village Trust has been piloting new approaches to partnership with residents, and consulting on the development of a new strategic plan. We will share emerging findings and lessons learned from this process, looking at the challenges as well as the successes. The day will include reflections from Dr Paul Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, and inspiring case studies from organisations who are engaging communities in making better places to live, in a variety of creative ways.

There will also be a choice of small group activities and discussions including:

An introduction to community circles (with Emily McArdle of Helen Sanderson Associates)

Meaningful community consultation (with Jo Harrop of PlacED: Place Education)

A tour of our community hub and current exhibition (with Claire Bates, Community Engagement Officer at Port Sunlight Village Trust)

To book a place visit the event page.

This conference is funded by Arts Council England through the Museum Resilience Fund. Places are free. Refreshments and lunch included.

Cumbria Museum Consortium Conference 2018- Invitation to propose conference sessions

Cumbria Museum Consortium is inviting proposals from inspirational and engaging speakers and workshop leaders for sessions at its conference in May 2018.

Working title:

Cumbria Museum Consortium Conference: Celebrating the achievements of museums in rural areas of the UK.

About the 2018 Conference:

Museums in rural areas are among some of the finest in the country. They house internationally significant collections, artworks and artefacts and provide vital access to cultural treasures and memory stores to our visitors and local communities.

Museums in rural areas of the UK achieve so much because they are resourceful and imaginative. The 2018 Cumbria Museum Consortium Conference, with funding from the John Ellerman Foundation, will celebrate this outstanding work while sharing success stories and learning. We’ll explore some of the unique challenges museums in rural areas face and highlight how collaboration with others, including some of our city based partners, can benefit us all.

We will showcase the work of the Cumbria Museum Consortium and how their successful partnership has benefited their audiences, local communities and other Cumbrian museums, through the John Ellerman Foundation funded Curatorial Excellence Project.

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Venue: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle Timings: To be confirmed (full day event)

The conference programme will allow time for delegates to visit The Riches of China Exhibition at Tullie House.

Initial ideas for speaker topics:

We are seeking inspirational and engaging speakers and workshop leaders from national and rural museums who can show how they have worked collaboratively to address challenges and achieve excellence.

Topics could include, but certainly aren’t restricted to, achieving excellence in collections management; co -curation and outreach projects; diversity in a rural context; increasing digital access to collections; attracting major loans; recruitment and attracting skilled staff to rural areas.

About Cumbria Museum Consortium:

Cumbria Museum Consortium is a partnership of three services – Tullie House Museum Trust, Lakeland Arts and The Wordsworth Trust. We have been working together since 2012, with funding as a Major Partner Museum from Arts Council England. Learning is at the heart of what we do. This extends beyond our venue audiences to our local communities and people, staff and peer-to-peer programmes. Sharing our learning with other museums, and learning from those we work with, is a vital part of our partnership and it is in this spirit that we are planning our second conference, focusing on the importance of museums in rural areas.

How to submit a proposal:

Please send a brief outline of your proposed session to Paula Scott by email to detailing:

Title, summary and outline of your session

Who will be presenting?

How long you would like to speak for?

Proposed format (eg, full audience presentation, Q&A session, interactive workshop session, presentation or ideas sharing session)

Why this will be useful to other museums?

Contact details

Deadline for responses is Friday 26th January 2018.

Proposals will be assessed by a small panel of CMC members and you will find out whether you have been selected by the middle of February.


By train: Carlisle is on the West Coast Mainline and easy to reach by train from London, Glasgow and Newcastle. Tullie House is just a 10 minute walk from the station.

By road: Carlisle is on the M6 junction 44, with ample parking close to Tullie House.

CMC will pay reasonable travel expenses for those selected to speak at the event.

Museums Association Conference 2018 Call for Papers

The Museums Association (MA) is looking for session proposals for its annual conference in Belfast on 8-10 November 2018.

The theme for the 2018 conference is: Dissent: Inspiring Hope – Embracing Change.

From the Museums Association:

“The conference will focus on having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society,” says Simon Stephens, the MA’s head of publications and events.

“How can we foster radical ideas that defy the norm? Which networks and individuals develop these ideas and how can we ensure that their voices are heard and valued in our work? And who are the dissenters from outside museums that can provoke, inspire and challenge us?

“Belfast 2018 will showcase inspiring work from across the world that places museums at the heart of their communities and transforms people’s lives. It will highlight the role all museums can play standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

“The conference will also challenge the concept of dissent. How dissenting can museums be, particularly those that are supported by public funding? Does dissent always lead to positive change and transformation? And how should museums represent dissenting voices that challenge values such as diversity, equality and inclusion?

“Dissent can be scary, it can involve debate, friction and conflict – but only by embracing change do we find the radical and innovative ideas that give all museums the tools to face the future with confidence, ambition and hope.”

The MA is working with museums across Ireland and is running this conference in collaboration with the Irish Museums Association.

Ireland has a rich tradition of storytelling, music and literature, which will bring a creative flavour to the event – and the MA is seeking proposals from across Ireland.

“We have created a bold theme for this conference and we are seeking equally bold, innovative and thought-provoking proposals,” says Stephens.

The MA also welcomes proposals from outside the sector and internationally, as well as those working in museums, galleries and heritage.

The deadline for session proposals is 1 March 2018.