Tagged: Conferences and Seminars

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.

‘Preparing for the Future’ AMOT Conference 2018

Wednesday 10th October
National Army Museum, London

Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) is building on the success of its Into the Future and Libor Digitisation programmes to deliver another packed Annual Conference for all attendees. 

This year the theme is Preparing for the Future – providing delegates with updates, advice, guidance and presentations from partners, stakeholders and those outside of the Army Museum Sector.

There will also be a range of exhibitors from relevant organisations where you can find out more about recent developments and offers available across the sector.

Places are limited so book your place now here.

Museums Association Conference 2018 Funded Place

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering one bursary to attend this year’s Museums Association Conference in Belfast on the 8th – 10th November.

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.

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird (alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk) by September 28th, to be eligible, you will need to:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

For the full programme please see here.

Please note that the bursary is only for the conference place and not travel and accommodation and is only available to people in the North West that work in non-NPO and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation. 

Culture Cares Conference 2018

Tuesday 30 October 2018

How arts and culture are making a positive impact and creating pathways in the lives of young people in and leaving care.

Join delegates for an insightful and lively conversation between the cultural and care sectors, as the conference highlights a range of innovative approaches that are creating positive outcomes for young people.

Keynote speaker confirmed as British author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE, with performances made with young people in care.

Supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and in partnership with the Family Arts Campaign.

Who Is This Event For?

This event is for arts and specialist practitioners, policy makers and professionals involved in supporting young people both in and leaving the care system.

If you are from any of the below professions, the conference organisers would love to have you join them and share your expert knowledge on the day.

– Arts & Cultural Practitioners
– Local Authority Care Teams
– Funders & Policy Makers
– Residential Children’s Homes
– Virtual School Heads
– Social Workers and Key Workers
– Academics & Researchers
– Charities supporting Children and Young People
– Foster Carers
– Personal Advisers / Mentors
– Careers Advisors

For information on ticket prices and how to book visit the conference website.

SHCG’s 2018 Conference: A True Reflection? Displays, Stories and Exhibitions

Thursday 19th July, Beamish: The Living Museum of the North
Friday 20th July, The Great North Museum: Hancock

This year’s Social History Curators Group conference includes interactive workshops, tours and presentations on a wide range of themes including interpretation and community engagement. Conference is a great opportunity to hear about experiences and learning from a range of institutions across the country, to take part in valuable knowledge building workshops, and to have the opportunity to network with others in the sector at a friendly and relaxed conference.

Book before Friday 25 May for a 10% discount on your booking fee!

For a full programme, list of speakers, and details of how to book, please visit the conference website.

For any queries regarding conference please email conferenceshcg@gmail.com

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.