Future of Museums: Collections

20 March 2018, Wellcome Collection
Museums Association MP Seminar

A series of MP seminars that will explore how museum practice will change in the future.

Collections lie at the heart of museums, and provide a unique opportunity to engage, inform and inspire audiences in a way that can have a positive impact on society as a whole.

The potential to use collections in exciting and socially-impactful ways is huge, but museums continue to be held back by several long-standing challenges including a lack of space to store material and a lack of skills, funds and resources to manage, care and interpret artefacts.

How can museum use programmes such as the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to ensure their collections are accessible and inclusive of a wide range of people? How can new approaches to acquisitions, storage, documentation, interpretation, rationalisation and disposal help achieve these aims? And what role can collections play in securing the long-term sustainability of the sector?

This conference, part of the Museums Association’s Future of Museum’s series, will offer an opportunity to debate these issues and discuss what the future holds for our collections and how they can be used to engage audiences and change people’s lives.

Through a diverse range of speakers, the event will present bold views on the future of collections and collection management, as well as innovative ways that museums can work with communities and other partners to unlock the potential of the objects they hold.

The Museums Taskforce, which was convened by the Museums Association to address the challenges that the sector faces, has identified the need for a radical and transparent discussion about the future of collections. This event will form part of that debate.

The day will run from approximately 1030-1700 (registration from 0930).

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