Tagged: Museums Association

Job Opportunity: Museums Association

Partnerships with Purpose Project Officer
Salary: Subject to London weighting: London £18,218 PA (FTE £36,435); Outside London £16,336 (FTE £32,672)
Location: United Kingdom (available for flexible/remote working)
Hours: 18 hours per week (0.5 FTE)
Contract: Fixed term for 1 year
Closing date: Friday 27th July 2018 (11.59pm)

Interviews will be held on 6th August 2018

The Museums Association is undertaking a year-long pilot project, Partnerships with Purpose, to connect museum and third-sector/community-group partners so that they can work together to build social value with the communities they serve.

This key role will develop and run the pilot on a day-to-day basis and provide specialist knowledge, working as part of the policy and programmes team and managed by the programmes manager.

You’ll have a good overview of the charity sector landscape already, and be a great listener and communicator. You’ll be committed to socially engaged practice and excited by the potential of museums working with local partners to reach their communities, and by the chance to promote innovation and change at a cross-sector level.

The role will also require you to monitor and reflect on the success of the pilot project alongside an external evaluator, and to have a key role in forming next steps from the pilot phase.

The Museums Association is a dynamic and campaigning membership organisation with a mission to inspire museums to changes lives. We have a strong vision and values and an exciting new business plan. Joining us at this time would be an excellent opportunity to work for a vibrant and inclusive organisation and be part of a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Please send completed application form to charlotte.lindus@museumsassociation.org with subject heading ‘Partnerships with Purpose project officer’. More details are available on the Museums Association website – https://www.museumsassociation.org/find-a-job.

Person Specification


Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2018

Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th November, Belfast

From the Museums Association:

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme of Belfast 2018 is Dissent: Inspiring Hope, Embracing Change – having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society. And what better place to do this than Belfast. We highlight the role museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change. 

This year’s event is packed with content and delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally.

Keynote speakers include Rita Ann Higgins, award-winning Irish poet and playwright and Laura Raicovich, US-based writer and artworker. Directors in Conversation session will feature Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland; Hilary McGrady, director-general, National Trust; Kathryn Thomson, chief executive officer and director, National Museums Northern Ireland; and Kim Streets, chief executive, Museums Sheffield. Other sessions cover topics such as co-curation, activism, curating conflict, diversity, equality, protest, Brexit, soft power, and the future of collections.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see Belfast City Hall, Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline.

Look out for the Festival of Change which is a series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all dealing with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries across Northern Ireland and Dublin. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price. The programme includes cultural and political tours in Belfast, Downpatrick, Dublin and Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013. 

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 20 August 2018. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

The Museums Association is partnering with Flybe to offer discount flights to attendees at this year’s conference and exhibition in Belfast. Book directly on www.flybe.com before 20 August 2018 and receive a discount of 20% off the “Just Fly” fare using the promotional Code: fly2mac.

We hope to see you there.

Message from New Museums Association North West Rep

Gabrielle Heffernan

Gabrielle Heffernan


I’m your new Museums Association North West Member Representative – a bit of a mouthful, I know, but basically it means that I’m your local contact for anything MA-related. This includes (but is most definitely not limited to) queries about the organisation, questions about projects/initiatives, suggestions for how we could do better, or any other comments. You don’t even have to be a member of the MA to contact me – if you’d like to know more about the Association, or are thinking about joining, get in touch and I’ll be happy to talk it through with you!

I’m hoping to travel to some of the different areas in the region to meet up with members and have a chat (although this may take some time, the North West is rather large…), so if you’d like me to come along to an event or meeting, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I’ll also be organising some MA-specific events later in the year so keep an eye out for these too…

Having begun life as a volunteer, before being lucky enough to be offered a place on a Skills for the Future traineeship (thankyou HLF!), I’ve worked in curatorial and learning departments in several museums around the country. This means that I’m pretty familiar with many of the challenges faced by museum professionals, in particular EMPs. Additionally, my current role (Curatorial Manager at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle) has introduced me to the world of management – and I am discovering, more and more, that happy, confident and supported staff are the most important resource of any museum.

Therefore, I’d like to think that my role as MA Member Rep. can help to provide a little bit more support for museums people working the North West, be you newly in the sector or a seasoned professional. By providing a bridge between you and the MA, I can ensure that your priorities, concerns, successes and ideas are communicated to the Association. In short, my job is to give you a voice and ensure that the North West remains part of the conversation!

So, with that in mind, please do get in touch, either via email – gabrielle.heffernan@tulliehouse.org, or follow me on Twitter – @gabbyheffernan. Alternatively check out my snazzy page on the MA website, which has these details along with a link to the NW email group (do join if you haven’t already) – https://www.museumsassociation.org/your-area/north-west-representative.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Gabrielle Heffernan
Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust



Museums Association Transformers: Influence Programme open for applications

Transformers: Influence is for people who believe in the social power of museums and who want to learn more about developing active partnerships within their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely. 

Transformers: Influence, the Museums Association’s (MA) scheme for individuals looking to develop active partnerships between museums and their communities, is open to applicants from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Applications are open to freelancers and volunteers as well as people employed in a museum setting.

The programme takes place over three days, with two learning days focusing on content drawn from the Transformers Toolkit of Leading Self and Impacting Others, and a final sharing day, where participants will gather and reflect on their learning.

Participants will come away with ideas and practical tools to develop their own practice and initiate steps towards change. 

Transformers: Influence has a fee of £150 per participant. This fee will include attendance at the learning days and MA membership for one year (existing members will have their current membership extended by 12 months, or their direct debit fees put on hold).

Applications close on Monday 23rd July.

For more information click here.

Transformers: Influence information pack (pdf)

Apply online for Transformers: Influence

Museum Tech 2018: A Digital Festival for Museums

Thursday 7th June
Museum of London

Want to find out about new technologies for museums?

Book now for Museums Association’s one day seminar Museum Tech 2018: A Digital Festival for Museums 

Museum Tech 2018 presents some of the latest digital experiences, tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond. This interactive seminar features case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that sheds light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice.

Delegates have the opportunity to try out new digital tools and devices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding using digital technology in museums.  

This conference is for anyone interested in the role digital technology can play in different aspects of museum practice, from exhibitions and visitor engagement to learning and marketing. 

For full details, timetable and ways to book click here

Museums Association North West Representative Opportunity

From the Museums Association (MA):

The MA is looking to appoint a North West England member representative to serve for a period of three years.

Representatives are individual members of the MA, and a vital link between the MA and its members, attending meetings and speaking on behalf of the MA. They help the MA keep in touch with what is happening on the ground and communicate to and for the MA and should be proactive and policy-focused.

Representatives are encouraged to champion the MA on appropriate national/regional committees and groups and to pass on information from the MA to members.

“This is a great opportunity for someone proactive who wants to get involved in influencing the MA’s policy and supporting the sector,” said Sophie Lawson, the MA’s membership officer. “We welcome applications from MA members at all stages of their career who want to make a difference to the future of museums, galleries and heritage sites in their area.”

Applicants must be current individual members and must be prepared to devote a minimum of five working days per year to the role.

The role is unpaid, but representatives may claim travel expenses agreed in advance to national/regional meetings and the annual representatives’ meeting.

In addition, representatives will receive a free place at the MA Annual Conference & Exhibition.

The closing date for applications is Friday 4 May 2018.

Links and downloads

Member representative for North West England

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


Museum Taskforce Report Calls for More Consistent Funding Levels

Museums need “long-term strategic investment and consistent levels of funding” in order to carry out their work effectively, a report published today by the Museums Taskforce has argued.

The taskforce was convened by the Museums Association (MA) in summer 2016 “in response to the increasingly difficult financial situation that many museums in the UK face”. Chaired by Laura Pye, the head of culture for Bristol City Council, it comprised 15 senior museum professionals representing all four UK nations.

Its aim was to “provide an independent voice to advocate for museums across the UK, using research and evidence to make the case to funders, politicians, stakeholders and the public”.

The report makes a series of recommendations for museums as well as governments and other stakeholders, focusing on funding, collections and relevance – three areas that the taskforce says are “critical for the future of the sector”.

Fore more details and the full report visit the Museums Association’s website.

Museums Association Board Elections 2018

From the Museums Association:

Elections to the Museums Association (MA) board will be held in the New Year. There is one place available. We are looking for a talented, motivated and creative person to drive the strategic direction of the Museums Association (MA).

As a board member, you will help formulate the strategic direction of the MA, ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the association.

Duties will include monitoring performance against the MA’s Business Plan 2017-20; approving annual budgets and monitoring progress against them; contributing to and approving the annual report and accounts; and appointing the director and monitoring his/her performance.

The successful candidate will help to shape the future of the museum sector, developing new policies and initiatives and advocating for all museums.

If you feel qualified to do this, or have a particular expertise you can offer, then please consider putting yourself forward.

The vacancy is for a three-year term. Nominees to the board must be individual members of the MA, and nominations must be supported by two other members of the MA.

The closing date for nominations is the 31 January 2018. Voting will commence early February and the election results announced on 1 March.

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.