Category: Conferences

A Question of Leadership Conference

Thursday 13th September 2018
Liverpool Hope University
9.30am – 4.00pm

Co-hosted by Curious Minds and DIY Theatre, the ‘Question of Leadership’ conference brings together teachers, cultural organisations, artists, performers and academics both to hear inspiring stories about inclusive leadership and research practices across the education and arts sectors and to question notions of leadership and research within these sectors.

The focus will be inclusive practice, with a particular focus on disability. SLiCE® fellows (Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education based in a range of schools across the North West), Mind the Gap, Creative Minds, DIY Theatre, Liverpool Hope University and Open Theatre will be involved as presenters and workshop leaders.

This conference will be suitable for those who:

  • believe it is essential that EVERYONE has access to high quality Arts and Culture
  • are keen to re-shape the word and concept of leadership
  • want to challenge the limiting perceptions of who can be a leader
  • believe it is important to develop research into these areas.

To see the full programme and book your place, click here.

If you have questions or queries regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Events Team on 01772 336639 or email


Museums Computer Group Museums+Tech 2018 Conference – Call for Proposals

The annual Museums Computer Group Conference ‘Museums+Tech 2018’ will be held on Friday 19th October 2018 at the National Gallery, London. This year’s theme: ‘The collaborative museum’.

This will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments and activities in the sector, as well as network with colleagues – so make sure to get the date in your diary and tell your colleagues.

The call for papers for the conference is open, and will close at 23:59 (London time) on Monday 21st May, 2018. We’re keen to hear from practitioners, researchers, funders and those from related cultural heritage and technology sectors.  

The 2018 conference is asking whether digital in museums can open up our institutions to collaboration and democratisation. How can a collaborative and participatory approach to projects invite new audiences, bring higher quality content, and provide museums with important learning experiences? Can museums and technology help to create a progressively universalised museum with better access and broader audiences? Can it be the catalyst for active as opposed to passive participants?

The MCG’s Museums+Tech 2018 conference seeks proposals for presentations addressing these issues. It’s time to celebrate good work, and share ideas for helping museums do better. We’re open to suggestions, but topics might include:

  • Creating the participatory museum with community led/funded projects
  • Digitisation of collections for open access
  • Museum collaboration with academic institutions and industry: what can museums learn? What can museums teach?
  • In house collaboration: How can digital contribute to creating a more cross-disciplinary approach to museums and culture?
  • Museums as a network; collaborating with each other
  • Museums as platforms, creating a more universal museum
  • Open data and open source projects: being open to collaboration and supporting communities of practice
  • The list continues on the website.

The international programme committee will review proposals over May and you should hear from them in mid-late June. If you have any questions, please contact us through

Foreign Exchange? University Museums And International Engagement Conference

Tuesday 3rd July
Cambridge University Museum of Zoology

The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities.

For more information visit the conference page.

ICON Care of Collections Group – Sustainability in Collections Care Conference

Wednesday 16th May
The British Library, Boston Spa, LS23 7BQ
From £21.79 (includes coach transfer from York)

With increasing pressures on budgets and a desire within the sector to become more sustainable, heritage institutions have to re-evaluate their practices and standards in relation to collections care activities. This one day conference will address sustainability in Collection Care through a range of presentations on projects, policy reviews and case studies.

For further information about the day, and to book, visit the eventbrite here.

Musical Instruments Unwrapped – Call for Papers

Date: Monday 12 November 2018, Edinburgh

Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 June 2018

This seminar will bring together specialists from a variety of disciplines, including musical instruments and social history, seeking to broaden perspectives, develop new ways of thinking about the presentation of musical instruments and explore how they can be active performers in a wide range of display contexts – whether or not they are able to be played.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations (+10 minutes questions) that address musical instruments and interpretation issues. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Using musical instruments to research, interpret and display social history; using social history to research, interpret and display musical instruments
  • Highlighting hidden stories to redefine and broaden context
  • Connecting with diverse communities using related objects and collections
  • Addressing the complex questions in determining the playability of musical instruments
  • Factors to consider when caring for musical instruments, both playing and non-playing
  • Musical instruments and conservation parallels with other objects
  • The role of musical instruments and of sound in multi-disciplinary displays
  • High tech vs. low tech. Using sound effectively, whether live or recorded
  • Talking to audiences about the art and/or science of sound production
  • Musical instruments and under-explored connections with social history, natural history, painting, science, archaeology, textiles, the military, etc.

Further information, including details of how to submit a proposal, is available on the Social History Curators Group (SHCG) website here

AIM Conference 2018 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 21st– 23rd June. The theme for this year is Changing Gear.Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

These two opportunities are open to people working in accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation in the North West, except members of staff of NPOs and National Museums.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 11th May.

Please note that the bursaries only cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Propose a Seminar for the Museums Association Conference

From the Museums Association:

Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to deliver a practical or case study-led seminar at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2018 in Belfast.

Taking place on 8-10-November, the MA Conference and Exhibition is one of the biggest networking opportunities for museum professionals in Europe.

Seminars take place in the exhibition on the 8-9 November and are free for visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend. The programme is designed to offer practical, insightful and case study-led content under four distinct themes: technology and digital; audiences, learning and engagement; collections, interpretation and exhibition design; and operations (commercial activities, fundraising, marketing).

They are an opportunity for companies, consultants and museum professionals to showcase recent projects, products or services, and lead discussion in a specific area of expertise.

“Seminars are an important part of the MA Conference and Exhibition as they provide an opportunity to share best practice with a range of professionals,” said Simon Stephens, the head of events and publications at the MA.

“If you’ve delivered an innovative project in the past year, or want to share your work with your peers, then we want to hear from you.”

Successful proposers will be asked to present their seminar twice during the day and will receive a free place at conference on the day of their seminar.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 April.


Session proposal form

Session proposal guidance notes


A Culture of Lates Conference

Culture24 is running a conference about museum after-hours events at the National Gallery in London on June 1st. ‘A Culture of Lates is aimed at museum/gallery after-hours events programmers and will be a fabulous opportunity to learn about Lates and network with colleagues.

Tickets are available now from the conference sales page

The speaker list includes:

  • Kim Streets, CEO of Museums Sheffield
  • Ashlie Hunter, Producer of Public Programs, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, creator of Newcastle/Gateshead’s annual culture crawl The Late Shows
  • Marilyn Scott, Director, The Lightbox, Woking, whose Thursday Lates attract a new audience of local young professionals
  • Lucy Woodbridge, Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum, who opens up access to the museum’s collection while generating income
  • Tatiana Getman, Head of special projects & events, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
  • Tim Ross, Australian comedian and TV presenter who uses comedy to create original heritage interpretation events and Instagram to market them.
  • Neil Mendoza, entrepreneur and consultant who recently published the DCMS Mendoza Review, an independent review of museums in England

The programme will feature presentations, panel discussions, socials and practical sessions including:

Programmers’ Question Time – Is your venue’s Lates programme blighted by lack of funding? Do you have a crop of talented local artists but are unsure how to reap the best out of them? Our panel of Lates event programming experts will grapple with your event challenges and help you create your after-hours Garden of Eden!


Call for Papers – Museums and digital memory: from creation and curation to digital preservation

Free conference and debate at the British Museum
Monday 3rd September 2018

The British Museum’s (BM) National Programmes team and the Digital Preservation Coalition invite you to contribute towards a day of workshops, discussion and debate on the subject of digital content in museums.

The BM want to explore best practice in how we as a sector create, curate and preserve digital content – not just the exciting outward-facing side of digital technology in museums, but the often overlooked back-of-house digital preservation work that is essential to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of these efforts.

Central to the day is the question: if museums are memory institutions, how do we ensure that we maintain access to the digital memory that we’re creating now for our future audiences?

Please send proposals no later than Monday 30 April to Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Coordinator, at

Further details on how to submit a proposal can be found online in our Call for Papers here.

Success in the Sticks Conference: Celebrating excellence in remote and rural museums

Tuesday 5th June
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
9:30 – 16:30

From the Cumbrian Museums Consortium:

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.

Through keynote speakers, plenaries and breakout sessions, 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.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England
  • Emma Chaplin, Director, Association of Independent Museums
  • Jeff Cowton, The Wordsworth Trust & CMC
  • Maria Bojanowska, The British Museum
  • Emmie Kell, Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Jane Mann, Baliffgate Museum
  • Dr Sharon Webb, Kilmartin Museum
  • Jonathan Nash, Lion Salt Works
  • Timandra Nichols, Arts & Heritage
  • Phil Korbel, Carbon Literacy Project
  • Margot Walker, The Audience Agency

To book your free place please email Paula Scott at

Find out more about Cumbria Museum Consortium and our work at