Tagged: Conferences and Seminars

Historic Houses Education Seminar

Tuesday 12th February
The Old Potting Shed, Chatsworth
10:00 – 15:00

Running an education programme is very rewarding and can be a really valuable part of your business. This seminar, led by a range of expert speakers in the field, will look at the benefits and challenges of setting up education programmes at historic houses – from working with children and young people to engaging with colleges, universities and adult learner markets.

Whether you’re thinking of starting from scratch or already have a well-established education offer at your house or garden, this lively seminar will leave you full of new ideas and will give you the tools you need to develop your education work with the benefit of new networks, resources and contacts.

Tickets cost £75.00

For the full programme and details on how to book, click here.


Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience Conference 2019 – Call for Papers

Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience is a two day conference (29-30 July 2019), delivered as a critical part of ‘Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ (MCAHE). It provides a platform to discuss the broader character of contemporary art in heritage and the impact of such projects on their producers and audiences, sharing knowledge of this practice across the sector for those engaged in, or wishing to develop, this area of practice.

The conference is focused on the key themes of Creation and Encounters, and they are inviting papers, presentations and ‘visual or audio formats’ (such as posters and short films) from artists, curators, heritage professionals, academics, researchers and research students.

All presentation formats should be a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes in length and they particularly invite submissions which explore the following themes and topics:

  • Creation theme – The challenges, motivations and experiences of creating contemporary art works for a heritage context. Reflections on the impact of such projects on artistic and curatorial practice.
  • Encounters theme – Encountering contemporary art in heritage: impact on visitors, host organisation, staff and volunteers.

For further information, including details of how to submit an abstract, see here. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 January 2019.

Let’s Get Real Conference 2018

30th January 2019
Wellcome Collection, London

In order to remain relevant for audiences, arts and heritage organisations need to connect digital practice with social purpose. At the Let’s Get Real Conference you’ll learn from inspiring speakers working within and beyond the cultural sector to bring these areas together. Sessions will combine strategic ideas and practical recommendations, equipping you with knowledge, actions and new ways of thinking about your digital work.

For more details and ticket info click here.

Museums Association Conference Call for Papers

From the Museums Association (MA):

Proposals for sessions at next year’s MA Conference & Exhibition in Brighton are now open for submission.

The theme for the event, which takes place on 3-5 October 2019, is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The deadline for submissions is 3 February 2019.

“After last week’s successful MA Conference in Belfast, which attracted more than 1,100 people, we are really excited about our plans for Brighton 2019,” said Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA. “The Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World theme feels very timely and we think it will attract some really exciting session proposals.”

The theme is linked to current social and political upheaval, demographic changes, rising inequalities and climate change. Museums are a strong position to encourage and facilitate debate about these challenging issues.

The conference will look at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society.

The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

In the age of globalisation, it is more important than ever for museums to have ethics at their core. The conference will also interrogate the ethical implications of the international partnerships we seek to develop, how we confront the legacies of empire, and the role of global tourism in a more sustainable world.

For more details and information on how to submit click here.

Mind and Matter: Sharing and Caring for Collections and Colleagues Conference

Wednesday 7th November
West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield 

This conference will explore, through showcasing a number of innovative public engagement projects, how access to mental health and other sensitive collections can be enabled in new and different ways for new audiences, but will also consider the mental health and wellbeing of staff who work with these collections to ensure their care and accessibility.

The conference will be relevant for Archivists, Collection Managers, Conservators, Archives Engagement staff and Academics who are responsible for and make access available to mental health and sensitive collections.

To book a place click here.

Tickets are £30 including lunch and refreshments.

Museums Association Conference 2018

Belfast Waterfront
Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th November

Conference update from the MA:

Online booking open

Anyone can book online up to the end of Monday 5 November. After this date delegates can still attend by coming to the venue and paying on the day. 

Subsidised places still available

For smaller museums (turnover less than £322,000) that are members of the MA. For more details click here.

Free inclusive places available

For groups particularly under-represented in the sector. Deadline is 29 October. For full details click here.

Exhibition is free with so much content

Anyone can attend the exhibition and take in a fantastic programme of free seminars and networking opportunities. To book your place click here.

Museums Association Exhibition 2018

8-10 November, Belfast

The Museums Association Conference and Exhibition offers a range of content to suit all, and we are pleased to once again be offering free of charge content over the two days, covering many areas of work and making the event accessible to all.   

Registration for the exhibition is free and as well as the top rate companies who will be displaying their products and services over 8 and 9 November, visitors can expect a whole lot more…            

Exhibition seminars

A free programme of 24 seminars covering topics in the themes of: Careers; Audiences, learning and engagement; Operations; Technology and digital; and Collections, interpretation and exhibition design. These practical half hour sessions give you ideas and case studies to feed back into your work.

Festival of change

A series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all grappling with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?        

MA Hub

Meet members of the MA team, your regional and national representative, and others who work with the MA – whatever your question, feedback or idea, there will be someone there to help.               

On-stand demonstrations

See products in action during hands-on demos on exhibitor stands.              

Special offers

Discounts and offers only available at the event.        

Networks Hub

A chance to meet some of the specialist museum organisations that support the sector.                

Please click here to view full details of the seminar programme        

Please click here to see details and register

*Booked Conference delegates do not need to register for the Exhibition.

AAMC Foundation Engagement Programme for International Curators 

The Association for Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation is currently accepting applications for this programme, made possible by major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Through fostering international relationships between curators, AAMC aims to not only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and amplify the curatorial voice in the global dialogue between museum professionals. 

The 12-month programme provides a framework for two curator pairings to interact regularly, reflecting on and developing their self-identified areas of advancement with each other. The programme includes travel funding for International Awardees, a participant stipend for US Liaisons, networking, and more, which are outlined in greater detail in the Programme  Components area of the application.  

At the core of this Programme is a year-long partnership  between a  non-US based curator (International Awardee) and  a  US-based curator (US Liaison) dedicated to professional development and exchange in areas including but not limited to research, project management, leadership development, cross-border exhibitions, loans, fundraising, marketing, dealer and donor relationships.  Two pairings are awarded each year. 

Read more about programme details, eligibility, and application guidelines here.

 Application deadline: 12pm on Monday 5 November.

Museums+Tech 2018: the collaborative museum

Friday 19th October
The National Gallery, London

Don’t miss your chance to hear inspirational presentations and cutting-edge case studies, take part in discussions on the latest thinking in the digital museum world, and network with an international audience at the Museums Computer Group’s, Museums+Tech 2018 conference. For further information, and to book tickets, please follow this link. Information on the programme and Keynote for Museums+Tech 2018 has now been released, check the MCGs website for the full programme.


Photography Interpretation Seminar

Monday 15th October
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
13:30 to 16:30 approx. Registration from 13:15

From the Photographic Collections Network:

The Photographic Collections Network is delighted to open our Autumn/Winter programme with this FREE event for members.

So what is interpretation? What is the role of photographic archives in exhibitions?

This seminar/workshop will feature an introduction to exhibition interpretation and explore the display and interpretation of photographic collections to the public. It is hoped that participants will come with questions about the display of photographs, but also examples of interpretation that they like (or don’t like). Led by interpretation consultant Steve Slack and with the SIM Archives Team, the aim of the seminar is to explore, together*, where best practice in this area lies.

*The seminar is aimed at people working in a professional capacity with photographic collections or archives, especially those with an interest in audience engagement and the exhibition of collections.

Programme Outline

13.15 – 13.30    Registration at SIM reception

13.30 – 15.00    Introductions from PCN, Interpretation Consultant Steve Slack and SIM Archives Team; Exploring interpretation: processes, real examples of display of photographs from SIM and beyond – including discussion   and hands on exploration of selection, description, writing for audiences and different types of displays.

15.00 – 15.30    Time for tea/coffee, questions and networking

15.30 – 16.30    Interpretation planning and language

Steve Slack is an interpretation consultant in the heritage sector, helping museums, archives and libraries to create content that is relevant to their audiences. Find out more about Steve’s practice here.

The Science and Industry Museum’s Archives Team will be introducing some photographs from their collections. The SIM’s archives hold wide ranging material from daguerreotypes and paper negatives through GPNs and 35mm to photographic prints and digital. Browse SIM collections here.

The Photographic Collections Network Team will be on hand to help with any questions or to hear your ideas about the network.

Join here to attend this event for free and become a member of the Photographic Collections Network.