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…
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?
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.
See products in action during hands-on demos on exhibitor stands.
Discounts and offers only available at the event.
A chance to meet some of the specialist museum organisations that support the sector.
*Booked Conference delegates do not need to register for the Exhibition.
The UK-wide project seeks to identify how to make the most of museum collections over the course of the next decade. The MA has produced a discussion paper and a series of research questions and is seeking responses from across the museum sector.
Groups of museum professionals are invited to hold discussion sessions to look at the research, debate the questions and develop a collective response that can be submitted to the project.
For those interested in running a session, tips include incorporating the discussion into an existing forum, meeting or group; inviting people with a wide range of experiences and job roles to participate; ensuring everyone is familiar with the research questions in advance; and nominating a note-taker to record key points. The full guidance notes are available to download below.
The MA’s policy officer Alistair Brown said: “The response to Collections 2030 so far has been fantastic. Museums across the country are engaging with the Collections 2030 debate and really thinking about how we can make our collections empowering, relevant and dynamic.”
“The new guidance that we’re publishing today will help people to have those discussions with colleagues and provide responses the consultation. Everyone in the sector – no matter what their official role is – has a view on issues from disposal to decolonisation, so we’re looking for input and ideas from teams, departments, AMA support groups, Subject Specialist Networks, Emerging Professional Groups and more. This is a consultation for the whole sector, so we want to hear from you.”
For more information visit the MA’s website.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 – email@example.com, 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!
Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
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.
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.
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
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.