Monday 11 November

Programme and booking
0730-0830
Behind the scenes breakfast tours

Your choice of Liverpool’s cultural highlights with behind-the-scenes breakfast tours of Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, John Lennon Art and Design Building (Liverpool John Moores University), and the Bluecoat.

Places are limited and are available on a firstcome first-served basis.

Meet at the venue.

Owing to unforeseen circumstances, the breakfast tour of the Open Eye Gallery on Monday 11 November has been cancelled.

No other tours are affected, and the breakfast tour of the Open Eye Gallery on Tuesday 12 November will go ahead as scheduled.

0745-0845
Networking breakfast for first time delegates

Room 4B

If it’s your first time at conference or you haven’t been for a few years, then come along and meet fellow delegates. Find out how to get the most out of conference and learn some top networking tips. Places limited, tea and coffee served.
0900-0940
Keynote: Ricardo Brodsky

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Hall 1a

Ricardo Brodsky, the director of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile, will talk about his museum as a moral reparation project for the victims of the dictatorship and how it approaches a controversial issue in a society where the story is still alive.

The launch of the international writing competition ‘Inspired by my museum’ will follow this keynote.

To download details of the competition, please click here (pdf)

0940-0950
Setting the scene and introduction to themes

Hall 1a

The coordinators of the conference themes pitch their sessions and explain why you should follow their theme through conference.

Speakers:

Carol Rogers, executive director, education communities and visitors, National Museums Liverpool

Iain Watson, director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

David Fleming, director, National Museums Liverpool

1040-1140
Concurrent sessions

The Therapeutic Museum: Connect

Hall 1a

This session explores how museums can develop effective partnerships to secure funding from health, housing and social care providers.

Delegates will hear from partner organisations about the role and focus of the new clinical commissioning models and the evolving NHS structures to enable them to identify shared agendas and opportunities for partnership.

Chair:

Mandy Chivers, assistant chief executive, Mersey Care NHS Trust

Speakers:

Jill Pendleton, lecturer practitioner in dementia, Mersey Care NHS Trust

Ed Hughes, performance manager, Riverside Housing Group

Paul Clitheroe, project manager, Mi Liverpool

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Tomorrow’s World: Futurology

Hall 1b

Museums don’t seek to control the future but they do need to know what it holds for them.

This session will look at how futurologists forecast alternative futures and what place museums can have in these futures.

It will explore how museums can prepare for, shape and respond to possible future trends and changes in economics, politics, demographics, technology and social patterns.

Chair:

Iain Watson, director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Speakers:

Nick Price, director, Of Things Immaterial Limited

John Orna-Ornstein, director of museums, Arts Council England

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The Emotional Museum: Challenging prejudice and discrimination

Room 11

This session will highlight the power of museums, their collections and programming, to tackle issues of prejudice and discrimination. From using objects as educational tools to building campaigning partnerships, museums are forums for many of society’s key issues.

Museums can challenge attitudes and behaviour, empower communities and stimulate social cohesion and interaction. This session will showcase successful and innovative projects with the aim of stimulating further discussions and actions.

Chair:

Richard Benjamin, head, International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Judith Vandervelde, senior educator, Jewish Museum

Alan Rice, professor in English and American Studies, UCLan

Aidan McQuade, director, Anti-Slavery International

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Concurrent sessions

Early learning

Room 3

This session looks at how best to develop spaces, exhibitions, facilities and programmes for early-years children. The discussion will cover both achievements and challenges and consider practical ways to inspire and nurture this crucial audience.

To complement this session there are guided visits to Little Liverpool at the Museum of Liverpool on Monday afternoon, and Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday morning.

Chair:

Amy de Joia, executive director of development and communications, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Julia Bryan, senior education manager, Museum of Liverpool

Angelica Vanasse, education team leader for Big Art for Little Artists, Walker Art Gallery

Naomi McLeod, senior lecturer in Early Childhood, Liverpool Hope University

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Overcoming your fears of managing volunteers

Room 12

What do you do if you want to use volunteers more efficiently but do not have a volunteer coordinator?

There are many fears regarding managing and working with volunteers, which often block people from running volunteer projects.

This session will look at ways we can overcome those fears and approach working with volunteers in a positive light.

Chair:

Isabel Hughes, curator, collections and engagement, Museum of English Rural Life

Speakers:

Robert Davies, volunteer coordinator, university museums and special collections services, University of Reading

Amanda Lightstone, Opening Doors project coordinator, Cambridge University

Gemma Waters, development officer, Cumberland House Natural History Museum

1145-1245

Concurrent sessions

Bad news sells

Hall 1a

Museums and the media tend to have a good relationship, but what happens when journalists turn against you with headlines about slashed budgets or reduced opening hours?

This panel discussion
will explore strategies for dealing with negative news coverage – and how it can even be used to raise your profile and advocate for support.

Chair:

Maggie Appleton, chief executive, Luton Culture

Speakers:

Iain Watson, director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Janita Bagshawe, director, Royal Pavilion and head of museums, Brighton

Alastair Machray, editor, Liverpool Echo

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Mind the gap: the benefits of strategic collecting

Hall 1b

This session will explore why museums should invest in developing strategic collecting programmes even in the present financial climate. It will look at how strategic collecting can add to collections knowledge and engage new audiences.

Additionally, the Heritage Lottery Fund will announce details of its new collecting programme to be launched later in the year.

Chair:

Nick Poole, chief executive, Collections Trust

Speakers:

Fiona Talbott, head of museums, libraries and archives, Heritage Lottery Fund

Ros Westwood, manager, Derbyshire Museums

Isabel Hughes, curator, collections and engagement, Museum of English Rural Life

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Creative Europe: gearing up for 2014

Room 11

This session will present the EU’s support programme for creative and cultural sectors from 2014-2020, Creative Europe.

Find out about this funding opportunity for arts, cultural, heritage and creative projects, including support for “cooperation projects” and anticipated funding strand details and eligibility.

Discover how to develop applications and build a good project, as well as tips on finding partners across Europe.

Facilitator:

Christoph Jankowski, manager, UK Cultural Contact Point

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What did the nationals ever do for us?

Room 3

The Victorians built national museums to serve communities across the UK.

Has this model worked? If we started again, what kind of national services would we create?

With provocative contributions to stimulate discussion, participants will debate their ideal models for national organisations.

Chair:

David Anderson, director, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Speakers:

Nicholas Penny, director, National Gallery, London

Sharon Ament, director, Museum of London

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Crime watch

Room 12

Calling all budding crimefighters! Museums, galleries and heritage sites are being hit hard by fraud, theft and vandalism.

Participants at this session will be confronted with real crime-scene scenarios to help them think about practical ways to protect themselves and their venues.

Chair:

Rowan Brown, director, National Mining Museum Scotland

Speaker:

William Brown, national security adviser, Arts Council England

1405-1435

Keynote: Helen Goodman, shadow culture minister

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Hall 1A

MP for Bishop Auckland and shadow minister for culture, Helen Goodman is currently a trustee for the Auckland Castle Trust and was part of the successful campaign to retain the Zurbarans.

Previously the chief executive of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries, she is also a friend of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

1440-1540

Concurrent sessions

Jodi Awards for accessible and digital culture

Hall 1a

For ten years the Jodi Awards have driven innovation and inspired creativity. Find out from previous Jodi Awards winners how they have used technology to widen access to information, collections and learning for disabled people.

Hear about the technologies you can use to create an inclusive museum experience.

Chair:

Heather Smith, chair, Jodi Mattes Trust

Speakers:

Helen Petrie, professor of human computer interaction, University of York

Sally Booth, artist

Ticky Lowe, artist, Access to Heritage

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Museum development and beyond

Hall 1b

What is the future of museum development beyond March 2015?

This session will explore what museums want; how decisions are made about investment and resources; what delivery works best; and whether museum development is having an impact.

Chair:

Lucy Shaw, manager, Oxford ASPIRE

Speakers:

Michael Turnpenny, museum development manager, Museum Development Yorkshire

Natasha Hutcheson, regional museum development manager, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Claire Browne, museum development manager, East Midlands

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Participation on trial

Room 11

This participatory session will be played out as a courtroom trial with ‘participation’ accused on four counts: perpetuating banality, undermining knowledge, dumbing down and fake democratisation. Join the jury to help deliver the verdict.

Judge:

Nick Winterbotham, chairman, Group for Education in Museums

Defence:

Anna Salaman, head of formal learning, National Maritime Museum

Key witness:

Helen Graham, University of Leeds research fellow in tangible and intangible heritage

Prosecution:

Andrea Cunningham, head of informal learning and access, National Maritime Museum

Key witness:

John Hutnyk, academic director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths

Clerk of the court:

Polly Richards, exhibitions interpretation developer, National Maritime Museum

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Collections vs ideas

Room 3

What if we turn museums on their heads: instead of collections, the ideas that inform those collections are given centre stage?

This interactive session explores how successful organisations have a powerful idea at their core that they wrap collections, stories and activities around to create memorable experiences.

Chair:

Katy Archer, director, People’s History Museum

Speaker:

Martin Carr, managing director, True North

Michael Taylor, founder, Think More

Janneke Geene, head of business development, People’s History Museum

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Youth justice

Room 12

Employing young people can seem a daunting process, but can produce incredibly loyal and hardworking team members.

If you have thought about employing NEETS or 16-25 year olds for the first time but feel unprepared, join this practical session to find out about interview activities, how to nurture and retain young staff, and how to access funding and support from external bodies.

Chair:

Catherine Haines, head of human resources, Birmingham Museums Trust

Speakers:

Lauren Deere, visitor services manager, Birmingham Museums Trust

Mike Benson, director, Bede’s World

Amanda Lightstone, Opening Doors project coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums

1500-1645

Off-site session: Creative science in museums

World Museum Liverpool

Participate in active learning through hands-on discovery. Find out how collaboration and partnerships have strengthened science learning and discover new ways to explore science within your collections.

Chair:

Alex McLeman, learning manager/collections access officer, Bolton Library and Museum

Speakers:

Mike Graham, senior education manager – science, National Museums Liverpool

Jane Dowden, learning resources project coordinator, Science Museum

Kate Riddington, natural science curator/facilitator at Earth Science Education Unit, Grosvenor Museum

1615-1715

Concurrent sessions

The Therapeutic Museum: Be active and do something

Room 11

Can communities grow older positively in partnership with their local museum?

This session will hear different interpretations and experiences of active engagement and volunteering.

The discussion will explore how museums can empower older people to take the lead, and will present an understanding of older people’s perceptions of museums.

Chair:

Claire Benjamin, head of communities, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Antonio Benitez, public engagement officer, Mosi

Danielle Garcia, volunteer programme manager, Imperial War Museum North

Diana Morton, outreach and access manager, Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

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Tomorrow’s World: The tomorrow people

Hall 1a

Since 2008 museums in the UK have experienced perhaps the biggest rate of change since the end of the second world war.

This new context requires different people and different skills.

As well as collections knowledge we need people who care about diversity, are committed to the role of museums in making a difference in people’s lives, understand and use new technology, and have change management and leadership skills.

This session will explore what these skills are and how museums can develop and retain them.

Chair:

Iain Watson, director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Speakers:

Ann Sumner, executive director, The Bronte Parsonage Museum

Prakash Daswani, founder and chief executive, Cultural Co-operation

Peter Latchford, chief executive, Black Radley Consulting

Georgina Young, senior curator – contemporary history, Museum of London

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The Emotional Museum: In action

Hall 1b

This session will look at what it means to emotionally engage with visitors and different ways of creating impact with the public.

During this session we will hear the story behind the Museum of Liverpool, including the perspective of a film producer and will also discuss the wider issues of emotionally engaging visitors through the stories told in museums.

Chair:

Janet Dugdale, director, Museum of Liverpool

Speakers:

Jocelyn Dodd, director, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester

Suzanne MacLeod, head of School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Roy Boulter, producer, Hurricane Films

Christian Lachel, vice president, senior creative director, BRC Imagination Arts, USA

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UKTI Latin American hour

Room 4B

UK Trade & Investment has been exploring the museum scene in Argentina and Chile and has found some exciting opportunities for the UK.

Meet key figures with an insight into how we can work more closely together and discover new opportunities and make connections in this special Latin American hour.

Speakers:

Americo Castilla, president, Fundacion TYPA, Argentina

Ricardo Brodsky, director, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile

Anne Cosentino, head of business development, Metaphor Limited

Marisa Miodosky and Richard Parry, UK Trade & Investment

Mark Taylor, director, Museums Association

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Caring for communities: mapping to engage

Room 3

Create a practical action list to really get to know your communities in this interactive workshop run by community members from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Our Museum programme.

Learn what works and what doesn’t in building meaningful and sustainable relationships with communities for mutual benefit. The workshop will be facilitated by community members from the organisations in the Our Museum programme.

Chair:

Kuljit Chuhan, independent cultural producer/consultant and community critical friend

Speaker:

Sandra Morland, principal manager, First Step, Newcastle upon Tyne

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The Uplift takeover

Room 12

Creative, captivating and unexpected! Join the Uplift takeover, a group of actors, artists and service users who promote wellbeing through cultural occupations, encouraging people to think differently about their health and community.

Immerse yourself in a creative atmosphere and discover how to support access for hard to reach groups through developing imaginative engagement opportunities.

Chair:

Hayley Youell, strategic lead, Arts on Referral, Action Space Mobile

Speakers:

Helen Boutle, Uplift project lead

James Brunt, community and learning officer, Barnsley Arts and Museums

1720-1805

Museums Association Annual General Meeting

Hall 1A

The annual general meeting is an opportunity for members of the MA to hear about how their association has been performing in the last year and look forward to the year ahead.

It includes a review of financial performance, speakers talking about the MA’s latest major projects and campaigns, and the proposals for membership fees for the coming year.

1810-1830

Presidential address: David Anderson

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Hall 1a

MA president David Anderson outlines the state of the sector and his vision and priorities for the next year.

1845-2100

Networking reception

Museum of Liverpool

All delegates and exhibitors are invited to celebrate the Jodi Awards 2013 and the Exhibitor Awards at the Museum of Liverpool. Please ensure that you wear your badge.

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