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Museums Association Conference 2017 Funded Places

The Museums Association is back in the North West and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering eight FREE places at this year’s Museums Association Conference in Manchester on the 16th – 18th 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 for a free place, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird (alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk) by September 22nd, 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 these places are only available to people in the North West that work in non-MPM and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation.

AMA NW & NE Network Meeting

Monday 12th June
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
12:30 – 15:30

This is a chance to meet informally to share and support each other with our AMA no matter what stage you are at in the process.

Those who can join us will have a chance to find out more about the exhibition, to quiz  Gill Goodfellow, Exhibitions Officer and Tour the latest major exhibition – Hadrians Cavalry Exhibition for free with Gill Goodfellow and Simon Jackson.

To help with refreshments and staffing please confirm you are able to attend by noon on Saturday 10th June via email to : malancaster@btinternet.com

Help Shape the Future of the Sector as an MA Rep

Closing date for applications Monday 19th June.

The Museums Association (MA) is seeking to recruit 16 member representatives, who will act as a vital link between the association and its members.

Member representatives attend members’ meetings, speak on the MA’s behalf at meetings with regional and national bodies and keep the association in touch with what is happening on the ground.

They also help to keep members in the local area up to date with MA activities and promote membership, communicating regularly through emails, newsletters and the website.

Representatives will receive a free place at the Museums Association Annual Conference and Exhibition each year.

The association is seeking to recruit posts across the UK in all of the English regions, Scotland, and Wales. These posts will join the existing representatives in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, said: “This is a great opportunity to get more involved with the MA, help shape the association’s policy, and engage closely with the sector.

“Our member representatives are the MA’s eyes and ears on the ground and play a vital role in helping us remain relevant to all the nations and regions of the UK.

“We would love to find engaged members who can help us communicate what the MA is about and let us know what issues are top of the agenda in their areas.

“As we roll out the second phase of Museums Change Lives, this is an exciting time to be a part of that campaign and the MA’s wider work on the impact of museums.

“We would urge anyone interested in representing the work of the MA to consider applying for these posts.”

The posts are for a period of three years and are unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Applicants must be individual members of the MA.

The closing date for application is 19 June.

Links and downloads

Member representatives: role description and application form

Museums Day Postponed

Museums Day, a day of nationwide political advocacy to promote the work of UK museums and due to take place on 15 May, has been postponed until after the election.

The announcement of a UK general election on 8 June means that government is entering a purdah period when restrictions are placed on the political activities of civil servants and arms-length bodies, which includes a number of museums.

The event, organised by the Museums Association (MA) and the National Museum Directors Council, will be held in the autumn.

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: “With parliament going into recess and the government in purdah, it will be impossible to run our flagship parliamentary event, and many museums will be unable to campaign during this period.

“As a result, we are postponing the event planned for 15 May. We’re planning a new date for Museums Day in autumn and will make an announcement about this as soon as possible. We are also working with partners in the devolved nations to ensure that we are supporting advocacy events across the UK.

“At the MA, we will be making the case for the museum sector and will shortly publish a museums manifesto.

“We would also encourage museums to offer their spaces as venues for election hustings, and to highlight the work of your museum to all of the main candidates in your local constituencies.”

Museums in the UK: 2017 Report

From the Museums Association:

Almost a quarter (24%) of museums in the UK experienced a decrease in public funding in 2015-16 with the devolved nations being the hardest hit, according to research conducted by the Museums Association (MA).

The report Museums in the UK: 2017 showed that 64% of museums in Wales reported a cut to public income (all revenue funding from sources such as government, local authority or higher education institution), compared to 50% in Scotland, 43% in Northern Ireland and 21% in England.

Within England, London and the North East experienced the greatest drops in public income, with 30% of museums in each of those regions experiencing a cut.

In addition, data from the Department for Communities and Local Government shows that from 2010 to 2016 local authorities in England have cut spending on museums and galleries by 31% in real-terms.

Although a similarly detailed breakdown was not available for local government spending in the devolved nations, figures show that, over the same period, local authority revenue spending on culture, heritage, libraries and leisure services in Wales fell by 26% in real terms, while funding for cultural and related services among Scottish local authorities decreased by 4.6% in real terms (equivalent data for Northern Ireland was not available).

The MA’s report comes ahead of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Museums Review, which is expected to set out recommendations for the future sustainability of the museums in England. But the MA is concerned that the review, due to be published this spring, will stop short of addressing the critical issue of funding.


Museums in the UK: 2017

Museums Association Mentoring for All Programme

From the Museums Association:

Mentoring for All, a pilot mentoring scheme that will run across England and Scotland from June to November 2017, is now open for applications from prospective mentees and mentors.

Funded by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland and administered by the Museums Association (MA), the aim of the scheme is to make mentoring as accessible as possible, to as many people as possible.

Mentoring for All is open to paid employees, freelancers and volunteers, and will see 18 mentees and 18 mentors from across England, and one mentee and one mentor from Scotland. Participants do not have to be a member of the MA.

The pilot was developed as a result of recommendations made by last year’s Character Matters report, which looked at attitudes, behaviours and skills in the museum workforce, and through detailed research will incorporate the best aspects of different schemes from different sectors, reflecting the wants and needs of our own sector.

Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer, says: “We are really excited to launch Mentoring for All.

“We want to provide opportunities for people to grow through mentoring – both mentors and mentees.

“Applications are now open and we are making it as easy as possible to participate. If you have any questions just drop me a line.”

Links and downloads

Mentoring for All: more information and application forms

Mentoring for All is funded by Arts Council England and led by the Museums Association (MA); through this project we hope to transform the way we look at mentoring within the sector.


Museums Association Conference Call for Practical Workshops

Deliver a practical workshop at the MA conference & exhibition in Manchester

Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to deliver a Museum Practice (MP) workshop for exhibition visitors and conference delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Manchester (16-18 November at the Manchester Conference Centre).

The MP workshops take place in the exhibition and are free for visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend.

The workshop programme is designed to offer practical, insightful and case study-led content under four distinct themes: careers; technology and digital; audiences, learning and engagement; and collections, interpretation and exhibition design.

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.

More details and a link to the online proposal form and guidance notes can be found on the MA website.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 31 March.

Any enquiries can be directed to rebecca.atkinson@museumsassociation.org

Calling all AMA’s in NW

As you know your AMA is supported by a range of things – mentoring, access to training, AMA Support Group.

The date of our next meeting is:

Thursday 15th March
10:30 – 13:00
Whitworth Art Gallery Cafe

During the time together we want to look at the following:

  • Progress and general questions and direction for your AMA
  • Ethical Dilemma – discussion about viewing this research through the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics


  • De-mystifying the Professional Review – hearing from Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer.

Tea and coffee will be provided at the Whitworth.

Please RSVP to Mary Ann Lancaster, Convenor – AMA NW Support Group-  malancaster@btinternet.com / 0771 414 9351

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day

Tuesday 21st March
Manchester Art Gallery
10:30 – 16:30

From the Museums Association:

We are pleased to announce the next date for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day.  For the first time we are opening up the afternoon session to anyone interested in hearing more about how collections can be used for social impact. The keynote speaker will be Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum and there will be opportunities to network, meet those who have already undertaken successful collections projects and learn more about the Museums Associations Museums Change Lives campaign. MA staff will be on hand to advise anyone thinking of applying to the fund or to help you get your ideas flowing.


Morning Session – Esmee Fairbairn Collections Network only

10.30    Coffee, registration and networking
11.00    Welcome
11.10    Catch up and progress from participants
11.50   Matt Exley – National Museums Liverpool – Pride and Prejudice
12.10    Holly Grange – The Whitworth – The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection Project.
12.30    Questions
12.45    Lunch

The morning session for grantees only is an informal opportunity to share your progress on projects and get support from peers. Please come along ready to talk about your projects & ideas throughout the day and to ask others about their projects.

Afternoon Session – Open to all

13.30    Welcome to Afternoon Session
13.40   Keynote Speaker – Nick Merriman – Manchester Museums – Collections and participation in museums
14.15    Alistair Brown – Museums Association – Museums Change Lives
14.25    Group learning exercise – Using collections for Social Impact
15.00    Tea/Coffee
15.30    Networking Activities & Collections Fund application surgeries
16:30    Finish

The afternoon session is an opportunity to learn about sector-leading approaches to collections work for social impact, think through what this means for your own practice, and network with colleagues considering similar issues. Hear about how to access Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund support, and discuss your ideas for funding with MA staff.

The network day is a free event. Please contact Jacqui Buscher to book a place: jacqui@museumsassociation.org.


Future of Museums: Audiences

Wellcome Collection, London
Wednesday 29th March
£55.00 – £195.00

From the Museums Association:

How will our rapidly changing society affect the relationship that museums have with audiences in the future? Chaired by Tonya Nelson, head of UCL Museums and Collections, the event will look at the influence that demographic, technological and other trends will have on the needs of audiences, including families, young people, older visitors and those with disabilities. Speakers will discuss how museums can deepen their engagement with the public and have a greater impact on their lives.

Tonya Nelson, head of UCL Museums and Collections


– Jane Falkingham, director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, will shed light on future demographic trends.
– Anne Torreggiani, CEO, The Audience Agency, will talk about the audiences of the future.
– Maggie Appleton, chief executive, Royal Airforce Museum and board member of the Museums Association, will explore how museums can strike new relationships with audiences.

– Sebastian Crutch, neuropsychologist, UCL Dementia Research Centre
– Miranda Ballin
, ArtWorks, Artistic Director at Valleys Kids
– Sam Tatlow
, talent coordinator for talent agency Think Bigger
– Becki Morris
, a specialist in inclusion and representation of disabled people in museums and collections assistant at Warwickshire Heritage and Culture
– Laura Phillips
, head of learning and participation, British Museum, and member of the Age Friendly Museums Network
– Mark Miller
, Circuit programme leader and convenor of young people’s programmes, Tate Britain and Tate Modern
– Clare Haywood
, family programme producer, National Maritime Museums
– James Peto
, head of public programmes, Wellcome Collection

Registration will start at 0930 and the event will finish at 1700.

After the event the Museums Association is holding one of the launches for its new Museums Change Lives publication. All delegates are welcome to attend. This new publication is being launched at events throughout the UK in 2017.  Museums Change Lives is the MA’s flagship campaign to enhance the positive social impact that  museums can deliver working with their communities. The new publication features case studies from a range of museums demonstrating the difference they are making and advocates the value of museums to society.

Full timetable will be available in due course

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